Salem father accused of attacking school bus driver could face heavier charges

By Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer

SALEM, Va. - UPDATE

The assault and battery charge has been dropped against a Salem father who is accused of attacking a school bus driver. 

The investigation is continuing. Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Bowers told 10 News that the man could face more charges, as the attack was worse than simple assault. 

ORIGINAL STORY

The Salem father who is accused of attacking a school bus driver is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

He says the driver inappropriately touched his daughter.

As we've reported, Salem police say the man boarded a bus full of high school students last Monday and hit the driver. 

The driver, 70-year-old Johnny Couch, was fired the next day and charged with assault and battery, plus contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

Police would not say if the cases are connected. 

We are not identifying the man charged with attacking the bus driver, because of the case he says involves his daughter. 

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