A search warrant alleges that a Salem school bus driver kissed a teenager without her consent the day before a man boarded his bus and assaulted him.
The driver, Johnny P. Couch, 70, has been charged with assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He has since been fired from the district.
Couch had been communicating with a 16-year-old through Instagram on Jan. 14, according to a search warrant.
Couch drove to the teenager’s workplace and asked her to sit in his car in the parking lot, the warrant said.
“After some conversation Couch asked the juvenile for a hug, which the juvenile complied,” the warrant states. “Couch then kissed the juvenile several times on the lips without the juveniles [sic] consent, which made the juvenile uncomfortable.”
The next day, a man boarded Couch’s bus and assaulted him, police said.
Shannon D. Aliff was charged with malicious wounding, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing on a school bus.
A city spokesman has declined to say whether there is a relationship between Aliff and the juvenile.