POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- A Mason County Circuit Court Judge has acquitted a former principal accused of dragging a special-needs student from a school bus seat and onto the pavement last year.
Prosecutors failed to prove that Cameron C. Moffett, 46, abused an 11-year-old boy in an incident captured on school bus cameras on March 21, 2012, Mason County Circuit Judge David Nibert said Tuesday.
Bus security cameras recorded Moffett, a former Point Pleasant Intermediate School principal, ordering all children seated in front of the boy off the bus.
After the boy walked to a seat near the front, he sat down and refused to leave the bus. The video shows Moffett grabbing him from the seat and forcing him into the aisle, then rolling him down the bus steps. The boy can be heard screaming, "I'm sorry" during the incident.
Moffett held the boy "to the ground with his hand and knee to his back," according to a criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court.
He was indicted by a grand jury in May on one count of child abuse creating risk of injury.
The boy's mother filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charleston after the incident. The civil case is still ongoing, but had been put on hold until the criminal charges against Moffett were resolved.