BUS AS­SIS­TANT KICKED DIS­ABLED STU­DENT

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Amelia Arvesen, Times-Call

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.”

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