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.
Jean-Felix was an employee who worked for Connecticut Transportation Solutions.
Chet Doheny, president, of Connecticut Transportation Solutions, LLC released the following statement
“The employee involved in this incident has been terminated based on information obtained from both an internal and external investigation, and Connecticut Transportation Solutions is willingly cooperating with the Fairfield Police Department’s criminal investigation into the matter.
“Our company has a culture of responsiveness and a commitment to the safety of the children in our care, we have policies and procedures in place to ensure that safety, and we take very seriously the trust their parents place in us.”