Ex-school bus aide pleads guilty in child abuse case

Associated Press

Traverse City — A 44-year-old former northern Michigan school bus aide has pleaded guilty in a child abuse case, saying he twisted a 13-year-old student’s arm and pushed him up against the side of a bus.

William Fred Rosinski entered the plea Monday in 86th District Court to a misdemeanor attempted third-degree child abuse charge, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. The 44-year-old said it happened in September after the boy became agitated on the bus.

“I lost it,” Rosinski said. “I ended up getting upset and I ended up physically hurting him.”

Judge Thomas J. Phillips plan to view surveillance video of the incident at Rosinski’s sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 16.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney previously declined to release the video to the Record-Eagle after a reporter filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Cooney said he wanted the judge to see it and the judge had the option of watching it privately or in public.

“We think that’s important in his determination about what the appropriate sentence should be,” Cooney said.

Rosinski was a bus aide for Dean Transportation, a company Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District contracts with to transport students.