A small-town justice sentenced a former bus driver Monday to three years of probation — but not jail time — for putting duct tape over a disabled 7-year-old girl’s mouth more than a year ago.”I am sorry for what I did. It was a playful thing,” Marjorie Jones told the Post Star.
Jones said she used the duct tape to stop the girl from screaming and acting up, the Post Star reported.
At Jones’ trial, prosecutors claimed she disabled a surveillance camera on the bus to stop her actions from being filed.
And a bus attendant claimed the duct tape-incident wasn’t the first time Jones singled out the girl, the Post Star reported.
The girl’s family filed a lawsuit against Jones and the Corinth Central School District she worked for, according to the Post Star.
The girl can’t speak, isn’t toilet trained and has behavioural issues, according to the suit.
Queensbury Town Justice Michael Muller sentenced Jones to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Muller decided jail time wasn’t appropriate in this case because Jones didn’t have a previous criminal record, the Post Star reported.
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