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'Sit down little boy': Pike Township bus driver choked student, charged with strangulation

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-14 11:08:11-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A bus driver in Pike Township is facing felony charges after allegedly choking and assaulting a middle school student on their bus.

Court documents allege Leslie Sea, 53, grabbed the throat of a student during a confrontation about getting off at a different bus stop.

The incident began when Sea took a different route due to traffic, according to court documents.

According to court documents, when one student attempted to exit the bus due to the extra time spent on the bus due to the route, Sea told the student to “sit down little boy”.

The student then told Sea to “call me little boy again”.

Court documents allege, at this point, Sea gets in the students face according to surveillance tapes.

When she calls the student “boy” again, the student hits a button to exit the bus.

Sea is then seen grabbing the students by the arm, according to court documents. During the tussle, Sea is seen grabbing the student by the throat, according to court documents.

Officers claim to see no marks on Sea at the scene, but when they met the student many markings, bruises and welts are seen around their throat, according to court documents.

With evidence provided in bus surveillance and fellow students on the bus, Sea now faces charges of strangulation and battery resulting in bodily injury.

WRTV has reached out to Pike Township for a comment.