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Grand jury fails to indict Keyser; bus driver remains on paid leave

FPS staff report

Although a No Bill was returned last week in the case of a Carrollton schools bus driver, he still remains on paid leave.

According to Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Donald R. Burns Jr., the current term of the Carroll County grand jury found no criminal offense to substantiate an assault charge and subsequently returned a No Bill in the case of George Keyser of 147 Airport Rd., Carrollton, who has been on paid leave since Sept. 27.

Keyser was placed on paid leave by Carrollton Schools Supt. Palmer Fogler, who said he will remain on paid leave until she receives documentation from the Prosecutor that the case is closed.

Keyser was placed on paid leave following an allegation that he “physically handled” a five-year-old special needs student on his bus run last Sept. 24.

The incident was investigated by Captain Orvis L. Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department at the request of Carroll County Sheriff Dale R. Williams, who said Keyser’s wife, Cheryl, is employed by the Carroll County Sheriff’s department.

Captain Campbell said he interviewed and obtained written statements from several witnesses, including the victim and accused.

An investigation by the Carroll County Job and Family Services into the allegation reportedly has been closed, according to Fogler.

Keyser has been a bus driver for the Carrollton Exempted Village School District for over 23 years and is president of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 541 union, which represents the classified employees of the school district.


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