Although an individual may not intend to carry out any physical act, the words they use can result in criminal charges if it is found that they are threatening in nature. However, how can Connecticut police charge someone if they cannot tell exactly what was said or how it was said? In a recent case, Connecticut police have brought criminal charges against a bus driver who they allege was making inappropriate comments to middle school children.
The criminal acts are alleged to have begun when the man was driving the children to school. Some of the students on the bus alleged that the man was making inappropriate comments to some of the students that were sexual in nature. When the man picked up the students after school, he is alleged to have gone on a tirade, which is said to have scared some of the children.
Police have filed three criminal charges, including criminal threatening. The man was processed and released on $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court to answer to the charges at the end of November.
Without there being any recording of the alleged words the man used, it may be difficult to sort out what the man said and whether it constituted a criminal offense. Although the children have alleged that the words were inappropriate, Connecticut prosecutors may have a difficult time proving it unless further evidence is presented. This potential lack of evidence could lead to the prosecution being unable to meet its burden of proof, and no conviction for any criminal charges can be obtained if a prosecutor is unable to prove the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: ctpost.com, "Westport school bus driver arrested," Andrew Brophy, Nov. 21, 2012