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School bus driver pleads not guilty to leaving child on bus

November 8, 2018

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Records show a Massachusetts school bus driver charged with leaving a 5-year-old boy on his bus for hours has several traffic tickets in his past.

The Salem News reports that 71-year-old David Boutros received six citations for failing to stop or yield between 1992 and 2016, was ticketed for speeding three times and was in an accident where he was deemed at fault in 1992.

Boutros pleaded not guilty Wednesday to child endangerment after prosecutors say he left the child on the bus for hours in Beverly in September.

Police say the boy was hit by a car while trying to walk home and suffered bruises.

Boutros’ attorney says his client never should have been charged.

Beverly’s school superintendent declined to comment when asked about Boutros’ driving history.

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