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St. Vrain Valley bus assistant pleads guilty to assaulting student with disabilities

A 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 pleaded guilty to added counts of second-degree 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 on 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

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