Virene Poliquin is a former bus driver from New Hampshire who has been charged with assaulting multiple students with disabilities. According to police reports while Virene Poliquin was employed by Durham Bus Company she would assault at least three students aged five and six. The assaults were everything from clapping, kicking, grabbing, covering mouths with a hand, and pouring water on a victim.
Police would learn about the assaults and would begin a investigation and soon after Virene Poliquin would be charged with nine counts of misdemeanor simple assault. I am a little bit surprised that there are no charges related to child abuse considering the age and disabilities of the assault victims.
Needless to say Virene Poiquin employment as a bus driver is over. The sixty eight year old woman would post a $500 bond and would be released until her next court appearance.
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A former New Hampshire school bus driver was arrested Monday after police say she recently assaulted at least three students with disabilities.
Virene Poliquin, 68, of Hudson, is charged with nine counts of misdemeanor simple assault in connection with “disturbing” acts involving three juveniles between the ages of 5 and 6, Hudson Police Chief Tad Dionne announced Tuesday.
Police launched an investigation into Poliquin after the Hudson School District received a report on Feb. 20 about an alleged incident in which water was thrown on a child who was riding a bus that transports students with disabilities, according to Dionne.
“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Virene Poliquin assaulted one student seven times and two other students once,” Dionne said during a news conference.
The nature of the alleged assaults included clapping, kicking, grabbing, covering mouths with a hand, and pouring water on a victim. Dionne said all of the assaults occurred on Feb. 17. There were no injuries were reported.
“I’ve been a police officer a long time. Needless to say, there aren’t too many events that make me pause when reviewing a case. This incident did so. The victims in this case are among our most vulnerable,” Dionne said. “Poliquin’s actions are completely unacceptable, disturbing, and without justification under the law.”
The Durham Bus Company, Poliquin’s former employer, is said to be cooperating with the investigation.
Police are still working to determine whether any additional assaults happened on other dates.
Poliquin has since posted $500 bail. She is due to appear in court on April 6.
An investigation remains ongoing.