This story is a prime example of the corruption and ineptitude of the the little fairy kingdon called Porter County Indiana; and is the major reason I left there seven years ago.
VALPARAISO | A jury deliberated about a half hour Friday before returning to find former Portage school bus driver Terry Burch not guilty of felony child neglect on allegations of ignoring various disciplinary problems on his vehicle last school year.
The 69-year-old Portage resident, who had faced the possibility of going to prison for three years if convicted on the charge, said through his attorney that he was glad the experience was over and grateful for each juror who “spoke the conscience of our community.”
Deputy Prosecutor Tim Haraminac declined to guess what, if any impact the ruling could have on the remaining criminal cases involving the three boys believed responsible for sexual assaulting and otherwise terrorizing fellow students on the bus.
“He was told numerous times something was going on in his bus and he did nothing about it,” he said.
You Lie, Tim. Burch filed at least one written student conduct complaint, as well as several verbal complaints with his superiors — and the Schools did nothing — but they blamed him for it anyway.
Burch testified Thursday he knew nothing about the Feb. 5 incident, which involved allegations that a female student had been sexually assaulted by two of the three boys charged.
And it’s really hard to report what the kids didn’t tell you about. He’s a BUS DRIVER, not a Security Guard. His eyes were on the road — not the back of the bus.
And if these little thugs were terrorizing the bus, whose responsibility was it to hire a security guard? NOT the driver’s I’m sure.
Defense attorney Gregory Sarkisian told jurors Friday that Burch is not a criminal, but rather has been made a scapegoat by school administrators, who failed to do everything they could to protect the students.
The defense had faulted the administration this week for failing to notify Burch of the lengthy list of disciplinary problems involving the three boys in question and for failing to respond to numerous student conduct complaints filed by Burch.
“The administration should be sitting right alongside this man,” Sarkisian said referring to Burch.
Haraminac reiterated his argument Friday that Burch filed just one student conduct complaint while failing to respond to incidents such as the alleged sexual assault.
And here the prosecution screws up their kangaroo-court star chamber prosecution of Burch; they admit he had, indeed, filed a written complaint about student conduct on the bus.
Which puts the lie to Deputy Prosecutor Tim Haraminac, doesn’t it?
I don’t know why I expected anything other than a cover-up and the Blame Game from the Libs running the School Board.