More charges filed in Great Bend school bus assault

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Barton County Attorney has filed charges in connection to an alleged assault on a Great Bend school bus. 

County Attorney Douglas Matthews announced Tuesday the charges of battery and criminal restraint. The incident happened on February 6.  

"The charges come following an extensive review of evidence received from three different counties and four law enforcement agencies," Matthews said. "The County Attorney’s office began a review of the reports, statements and other evidence when they were received from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office in late March."

Matthews said the alleged assault was initially believed to have occurred in Saline County.

However, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office reopened its investigation when Saline County authorities determined that the incident did not occur in that jurisdiction.

While the available evidence supports the filing of the charges of battery and criminal restraint, ultimately the determination of guilt is up to the finder of fact, and no insinuation of guilt is made in this announcement.

Matthews did not release further details, adding that the suspect's name would not be released.

Last month, 17-year-old Conner Furrey was convicted of misdemeanor battery in connection to the incident. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

Alan Matthew Bobbitt, who had already been convicted was sentenced to a year of probation..  

In a separate civil case, the victim's mother, Michele O'Neil, is seeking damages of around $400,000 for claims against 21 defendants, including the parents of Furrey and Bobbitt, USD 428, the Great Bend High School principal, two swim coaches, a bus driver and members of the USD 428 school board.