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Man arrested in assault of autistic child on school bus

January 25, 2019

FAIRFIELD - Police have arrested an aide who is accused of assaulting a disabled child on a school bus.

Joseph Jean-Felix, 68, of Salem Street in Bridgeport, was arrested on a warrant charging him with the crimes of five counts each of assault of an intellectually disabled person, first-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to to a minor.

Capt. Robert Kalamaras said that on Nov. 26, the parent of a male juvenile came to the Fairfield Police Department to file a report on injuries on his son.

“The parent reported that his autistic 15-year-old son attends a school that works directly with autistic children and he has been attending school there for about fiver and one-half years. The parent reported that on Nov.19, his son returned from school and he noticed some distinct injuries to the juvenile’s arm.”

After further investigation and review of surveillance footage pertaining to the bus transportation of the juvenile to his school, it was determined that injuries located on the juvenile were consistent with actions taken by the transportation aid over a period of time.

Jean-Felix was held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Friday.

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