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Autistic student held for biting bus driver

Sheriff's office is not releasing boy's name in ongoing inquiry

A preteen autistic student is accused of biting a North Clackamas School District bus driver and the man who tried to intervene.

On Thursday at about 9:15 a.m., Jeff Blaser, 38, of Damascus, called 911 after seeing a female school bus driver in distress alongside SE Sunnyside Road near Southeast 157th Avenue, Happy Valley.

When Blaser stopped to assist on May 31, he saw the driver, identified as Alice Scoggin, 68, of Portland, was being assaulted by a juvenile male. He later reported the student was biting Scoggin, and Blaser said the student also tried to bite him.

Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Happy Valley Police contacted through CCSO arrived at 9:18 a.m. and called for a medical response, since the bus driver was bruised and bloody. The student, whose name was not released, aged approximately 10 to 12 years old, reportedly had bit Scoggin multiple times in the arm and face, causing her injuries. The student also attempted to bite the deputy as he was taking him into custody.

The student was taken into protective custody. It was learned during the investigation the student has autism.

The North Clackamas School Bus Transportation Office sent representatives to the scene. It was estimated 5-7 students had been on the bus during the incident. Reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-16228.

Scoggin was transported to Kaiser Sunnyside with non-life threatening injuries.