BUS ASSISTANT KICKED DISABLED STUDENT
Firestone woman pleaded guilty Thursday to kicking and spraying disinfectant in the face of a student with disabilities while she was employed as a bus assistant for the St. Vrain Valley School District.
As part of an agreement with Boulder County prosecutors, Monica Burke also pleaded guilty to seconddegree assault against an at-risk person, a Class 3 felony, and third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Prosecutors dismissed 44 original charges, including several counts of felony assault against an at-risk person and neglect of an at-risk person.
Burke, 52, and free on $10,000 bond, is due back in court for sentencing Aug. 25, when a judge could sentence her to a probationary period for the felony and between one and two years in the Boulder County Jail for the misdemeanor.
“Monica has taken responsibility for her actions with her plea today,” Tanner Spracklen, Burke’s attorney, said after the hearing. “She feels absolutely horrible about what happened. She’s willing to accept the consequences for her actions.”