ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC — The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office has charged a special education monitor after witnesses reported an assault on a school bus earlier this month.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said 54-year-old Samuel Johnson has been charged with assault after a special needs school bus camera captured an incident on video.
“This special education shadow’s job is to protect students on that bus,” Ravenell said. “We charged him after our investigation determined the students needed protection from him.”
Johnson was charged Friday with second-degree assault and battery, a charge that carries up to three years in prison.
A bond hearing for the Rowesville man is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Orangeburg County Law Enforcement Complex.
Orangeburg County School District Four officials contacted the OCSO on Oct. 22 after a student reported witnessing a bus shadow assaulting a six-year-old special needs student on the school bus.
The following day, school officials and sheriff’s office investigators recovered the video surveillance tape from the school bus in an effort to see if the allegations could be confirmed or ruled out.
Investigators observed where an individual assaulted the six-year-old child several times by striking him multiple times.
As the bus stops to allow a child to exit the bus, the subject twists the child’s arm resulting in “the student screaming in pain from the assault,” according to the warrant.