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Ex-bus driver accused of slapping boy reaches deal

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BLUE EARTH, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota school bus driver accused of slapping a 6-year-old passenger has agreed to a deal with the prosecutor.

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Under the agreement, the prosecutor will dismiss the complaint against 72-year-old Jane Brooks if Brooks has no assault or disorderly conduction violations for a year.

If Brooks fails, the prosecutor could reinstate criminal proceedings.

Prosecutor Troy Timmerman tells the Sentinel of Fairmont that Brooks does not have to enter a plea or admit to any wrongdoing.

Brooks was charged with fifth-degree assault after she allegedly slapped a boy across the face after he hit and spit at other children in September.

The Free Press of Mankato reports Brooks resigned as a Blue Earth Area Schools bus driver in October.

Brooks' attorney did not immediately return a phone message Wednesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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