The teen did score low on a risk assessment that was performed on him. It was recommended that if he were to be released, he wear an ankle monitor and not have any contact with children, including family members.
Prior to the judge’s decision, the teen’s attorney Steven Fansler asked that he be released to his family, who was present at the hearing.
“In this instance, he has a home to go to. It’s a two family home. We have a low risk assessment. There doesn’t seem to be a base to hold him,” he said.
FIRST REPORT: Logan County teen facing rape, GSI charges after bus assault
The victim’s family was also in attendance at the hearing, but did not want to comment.
The 15-year-old is accused of assaulting a six-year-old on a Benjamin Logan Local school bus last month. He was a bus helper at the time of the alleged incident. Ben Logan officials said that students are chosen for that position who are familiar with the bus routes to help when substitute drivers are behind the wheel, since none of Ben Logan’s buses are equipped with GPS capabilities.
Right now the teen is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. The prosecutor’s office said the case will go before a grand jury next week.