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Henry County bus driver, aide, face federal charges after authorities say they assaulted a minor

Authorities say the two assaulted a 10-year-old several times

Courtesy of Henry County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of Henry County Sheriff's Office


HENRY COUNTY, Va. – A Henry County bus driver and a bus aide have been indicted and arrested after police say the two assaulted a minor, according to the Henry County Sheriff's Office. 

On December 5, authorities received a complaint about a 10-year-old being assaulted while riding a Henry County school bus. 

After the investigation, the sheriff's office determined that the bus driver, 70-year-old Margaret Thomas, assaulted the minor twice on November 15. 

Authorities say the bus aide, 70-year-old Carolyn Noel, assaulted the victim on October 26 and twice on November 15. The minor didn't sustain any injuries as a result of the alleged incidents. 

Thomas was indicted by a Henry County Grand Jury on two counts of assault and battery. She was arrested on Wednesday and released on a $2,500 bond. 

Noel was indicted by a Henry County Grand Jury on three counts of assault and battery. She was arrested Thursday and released on a $5,000 bond. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 276-638-8751.