UPDATE (5:10 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the incident that led to the arrest of a now-former Lompoc Unified School District employee is related to the alleged abuse of a 10-year-old special needs child.
According to sheriff’s officials, the child came home from school crying on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2018, and told his parents that an aide on the school bus had hurt him.
Sheriff’s officials say the parents reported the incident to the school district which reviewed the bus surveillance video and shared it with the parents.
According to the sheriff’s office, the video showed Arthur Carlos using excessive force to restrain the child, including putting his hands around the child’s neck and pushing his head against the window.
The incident was then reported to the sheriff’s office.
Carlos, 52, of Santa Maria, was arrested on suspicion of corporal injury upon a child and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.
Sheriff’s officials say Carlos was a newly-hired school district employee at the time of the incident.
The school district says Carlos has been let go.
The Lompoc Unified School District announced Friday that a now-former employee of the district has been arrested.
District officials say the arrest of Arthur Carlos is connected to an incident that involved a student, but no other details were provided.
The school district says, as a result of the investigation, Carlos is no longer employed by the district.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.