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Teacher's Aide Accused of Assaulting Autistic Student

March 21, 2012

A Chesterfield County teacher's aide accused of assaulting a student with autism has been suspended.

Media outlets report Jan M. Costley faces a misdemeanor assault and battery charge stemming from the March 7 incident at Matoaca Middle School.

Chesterfield Police Capt. David Pritchard says video from a surveillance camera shows the 12-year-old girl was yanked, pulled and pushed during a gym class. The sixth-grader suffered severe bruising to her upper arms, nose and face.

The school district says in a statement that Costley will remain on suspension pending a resolution of the charges. If convicted, she could face up to a year in jail and a $25,000 fine.

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