WSFCS Bus Driver Charged with Sexual Battery of Student

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools bus driver is facing charges for allegedly touching and assaulting a 15-year-old student.

According to police, in March of this year, a student at R.J. Reynolds High School reported to the School's Resource Officer that he was touched inappropriately by the school bus driver. Detectives with the Winston-Salem Police Department launched an investigation, and Wednesday, they arrested and charged Aundra France.

France is facing charges for Sexual Battery and Simple Assault. Officers arrested France at her home and booked her into the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond. She has a court date later this month for the charges.

There were no other victims identified during the course of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.

A representative for Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools released this statement: Aundra France, a bus driver for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery.

France has been suspended without pay since the district learned of the allegation involving a Reynolds High School student on March 24. France remains suspended without pay as Superintendent Beverly Emory considers the charges against her. France began working for WS/FCS as a substitute bus driver in April 2011. She has been a part-time driver for the district since October 2011. "All of our employees are expected to act professionally and ethically in every situation," Emory said. "I'm deeply disappointed when we do not meet that standard."


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