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Student accused of sexually abusing girl on bus charged in previous incident

Posted at 5:13 PM, Oct 01, 2019

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A student at Lincoln County High School has been charged with sexual abuse after an incident on a school bus. School resource officers say the same student was charged in a previous incident on a school bus just two weeks earlier.

18-year-old Matthew Boswell was taken into custody and has been lodged in the Lincoln County Detention Center. He is accused of grabbing and touching a 13-year-old girl while riding home from Hustonville Elementary last Friday.

According to an arrest citation, Boswell grabbed the girl's breasts and other private areas after lifting her shirt while she physically resisted.

Stanford Police say the incident was caught on bus security video and reported by the bus driver who asked officers to check for a problem.

Some parents told LEX 18 Boswell should not have been riding the bus. They're referring to a September 13 incident reported to police claiming Boswell violently bullied to other students.

A letter sent home to parents who have children who ride the bus, notified them of the situation.

"An 18-year-old male Lincoln County High School student has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse for events that occurred on bus 178 after it departed from Hustonville Elementary on Friday afternoon, September 27. You are receiving this letter because records indicate your student may have been a bus rider on this bus," reads the letter.

LEX 18 asked Lincoln County school leaders why Boswell was still allowed to ride the bus after the first reported incident. A spokesman for Superintendent Mike Rowe told us Rowe could not comment on the extent of previous discipline due to the privacy of the students involved.