Court documents describe abuse by Louisa schools driver on student with autism

Court documents describe abuse by Louisa schools driver on student with autism

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Court documents obtained by NBC12 from the Louisa Courthouse describe a heinous act against a ten-year-old boy with autism allegedly committed by a school bus driver.

A search warrant affidavit describes sexual abuse that occurred over the span of two weeks in May. John Dale Sprouse now faces multiple sexual assault charges including sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and abduction.

Sprouse, who was employed by Louisa Public Schools, would transport the ten-year-old semi-non-verbal child to and from his school in Richmond.

According to paperwork, it was then when he forced the boy to fondle him. Documents go on to say that the mother of the child was alerted after the school called her asking where her child was because he hadn't shown up at school.

According to the paperwork, the boy was also being d ropped off later than usual and it says the most recent time Sprouse allegedly abused the child was possibly at his own home.

Sprouse told the school and the boy's mother he had run out of gas.

"Our focus right now is, not only investigating the case, but maintaining the privacy and healing process for the child," stressed Major Donnie Lowe of Louisa Sheriff's Office. "We're going to pull out every recourse we have available to us to get closure and justice in this case."

The victim's clothing is being used as evidence, as it may contain Sprouse's DNA. Investigators say they haven't ruled out the possibility of other victims.

A woman answered the door when NBC12 knocked on Sprouse's home, but refused to speak with us.

James Campbell, the groundskeeper for the home where Sprouse rents said he was shocked when he heard the allegations.

"If he is guilty I think he needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Campbell said.

Sprouse is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange without bond and is due back in court on September 16.

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