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Lincoln County student charged with sex abuse also accused of previous crime on bus

Matthew Boswell is charged with first-degree sexual assault (Lincoln County Detention Center)
Matthew Boswell is charged with first-degree sexual assault (Lincoln County Detention Center)(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 30, 2019 at 6:33 PM EDT
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A Lincoln County High School charged with first-degree sexual abuse is also facing another charge stemming from an alleged incident on a school bus weeks ago.

Jail records show Matthew Boswell, 18, is in the Lincoln County Regional Jail on the felony charge stemming from what happened Friday afternoon as students were getting a ride home from school.

Lincoln County Schools released a statement saying the assault happened after the bus departed Hustonville Elementary School. School resource officer Preston Middleton was notified Monday morning about what happened and reviewed the video.

An arrest report states Boswell would repeatedly grab a 13-year-old girl inappropriately while she resisted.

“The charges brought upon the male suspect would not have happened without the aid of the bus driver and his intuition into the matter needing to be investigated further,” Middleton said. “The bus cameras and videos throughout our campuses are a great tool to catch crimes that would otherwise go unreported.”

This isn't the first time Boswell got in legal trouble for something that happened on a school bus. Another citation from Sept. 13 claims Boswell grabbed a juvenile by the throat and threw him against the window among other violent acts. The person who reported the attack to police on that day said this wasn't the first time Boswell attacked someone.

"All students receive discipline based on violations of the student code of conduct," Lincoln County Schools communications director Brad Smith said. "I cannot comment on the extent of previous discipline due to the privacy of the students involved."

The school district sent notices to parents and guardians of students who were on the bus route.