Worker faces 24 felonies
boulder county» A Firestone woman accused of physically and verbally abusing disabled students while she worked as a bus assistant for the St. Vrain Valley School District was formally charged Friday with 24 counts of felony assault against an at-risk person.
Monica Burke also faces 14 counts of misdemeanor neglect of an at-risk person. Burke, 51, appeared in Boulder County Court on Friday. She did not speak, and her attorney declined to comment after the brief hearing.
Longmont police sought charges against Burke after a detective reviewed 42 video clips taken from bus rides in August during which police allege she verbally and physically abused multiple students and sprayed disinfectant spray into one student’s face.
The school district is under contract to transport several special-needs students to various schools in the Denver area, so while several incidents occurred outside of Longmont, several also happened inside the city, according to police.
The case came to light after the district’s transportation director, Randall McKie, reported to police in September that a staff member of a Denver-based school for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities had observed Burke possibly hitting an adult student.