Mistrial declared in bus driver sexual assault case

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Mistrial declared for former HISD bus driver accused of sexual abuse of a child, Steven Romo reports.

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a bus driver accused of sexually assaulting a child on his Houston ISD bus.

The jury hearing the case could not reach a verdict Wednesday and returned today in hopes of coming to a decision. They have sent several notes indicating they were "deadlocked."
VIDEO: School bus driver accused of sexually abusing girls
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Investigators say Johnathan Palmares abused at least two girls, between the ages of 7 and 9, while he was an elementary school bus driver.



Jonathan Palmares is accused of touching two girls in a sexual manner on his school bus.

During the trial, the jury saw video from inside the bus that prosecutors say show Palamres getting uncomfortably close to children.

One of the girls at the center of the case even testified that Palmares would sit next to her and try to kiss her. She says he did that on many occasions.

VIDEO: Deliberations ongoing in bus driver sex assault trial
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Jury considering the fate of a bus driver accused of sexually assaulting two girls.


She told jurors Palmares touched her bottom and tried to grab her.

If convicted Palmares would have faced a life sentence.

VIDEO: HISD bus driver allegedly kissed students
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Video played in court allegedly shows an HISD bus driver kissing students on his bus. Note: We are showing the video out of focus to protect the students' identities.

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