Transportation Aide Accused of Assaulting Autistic Teen

A transportation aide has been arrested in Fairfield and charged with assault after police launched an investigation into how an autistic teen was injured. 

Police said a father went to the Fairfield Police Department on Monday, Nov. 26 and said his 15-year old son attends a school that works directly with autistic children and one of the teen’s arms was injured when he returned from school on Nov. 19.

Police said they reviewed surveillance footage and determined that the boy’s injuries were “consistent with actions taken by the transportation aid over a period of time.”

Police arrested 65-year-old Joseph Jean-Felix, of Bridgeport, outside of his home on Jan. 18.

He was charged with five counts of assault of an intellectually disabled person, five counts of unlawful restraint in the first-degree and five counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Jean-Felix was held on $50,000 court-set bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Jan. 25.

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