Bus aide Richard Mason accused of assaulting 5-year-old boy with autism

Police say 39-year-old Richard Mason, of Brentwood, was trying to discipline the boy. They say he grabbed the child's arm and twisted it behind the student's back. (10/3/13)

COMMACK - A bus aide accused of assaulting an autistic boy was arraigned today.

Desiree Johnston says her 5-year-old son Connor, who has autism, was assaulted by a bus aide on the way home from a Commack elementary school. She says his arm is broken.

Police say 39-year-old Richard Mason, of Brentwood, was trying to discipline the boy. They say he grabbed the child's arm and twisted it behind the student's back.

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Mason told News 12 Long Island, "He was pounding his hand against the window and to prevent the window from shattering, I blocked him." Mason says he didn't hurt the boy.

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