Louisa schools driver charged with sexual assault of student with autism

Louisa schools driver charged with sexual assault of student with autism

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A 51-year-old man is behind bars without bond after authorities say he sexually assaulted a ten-year-old child he was transporting to and from school.

According to a report from The Central Virginian newspaper, 51-year-old John Dale Sprouse faces several charges, including sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, abduction, and indecent liberties with a child after police said he assaulted the child on several occasions across a two-week period between late May and early June of this year.

The newspaper reports that Sprouse took the child, who has autism, to classes in Richmond, and officials at the school reached out to the child's mother on May 26 when the child was an hour late for school.

"When questioned, Mr. Sprouse stated he had run out of gas," Louisa County Sheriff's Office Det. Todd Lytton wrote in the affidavit reviewed by The Central Virginian.

The Central Virginian also reports that documents on file at Louisa Circuit Court shows that the child also arrived home late, with Det. Lytton saying in documents that one of the alleged assaults could have happened at Sprouse's home.

The case is being heard in Louisa's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, with the newspaper reporting Sprouse's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for September 16.

A spokesperson tells The Central Virginian that Sprouse is no longer employed by Louisa Public Schools.

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