Former school bus driver/spanker to appear in court on molestation charge
By Tom McLaughlin, Daily News July 16, 2010

SHALIMAR — Michael Bowersock, a former Okaloosa County school bus driver accused of molesting a student on the bus, will appear in court Tuesday, possibly to enter a plea.

Bowersock's attorney, Christopher Varner, told Circuit Court Judge John Brown on Thursday that, given an opportunity to confer with his client, he would be able to either enter a plea or ask for a continuance.

Court officers said they were still attempting to obtain a deposition from "one of the children" involved in the case.

Bowersock and Varner were asked to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bowersock, 29, was arrested Jan. 29 and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation. He was accused of spanking a 7-year-old girl on her bare bottom.

An arrest report indicated the child told her mother that on more than one occasion when she was the last child on the bus, Bowersock stopped the bus before her stop, pulled down her pants and spanked her with his bare hand.

Following the arrest, it was revealed that the Okaloosa County School District had fielded a similar complaint against Bowersock the year before.


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