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Boardman bus aide pleads not guilty

BOARDMAN — A Canfield man accused of dragging a preschool student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to child endangerment.

Court documents show that 70-year-old David Genuske is scheduled for a hearing on April 29 in front of Judge Joseph Houser in the Boardman County Court No. 2.

On March 24, Genuske was arrested on a charge of child endangerment shortly after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to Boardman police, Mahoning County Children Services contacted the department regarding a March 16 incident of Genuske, a bus aide, dragging a 4-year-old on the sidewalk near West Boulevard Elementary. Footage from surveillance video confirmed the incident, Sgt. Mike Sweeney has said.

The child attends the Mahoning County Educational Service Center’s preschool housed at West Boulevard.

The video was taken to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, which resulted in the charge being filed.

Genuske was placed on administrative leave March 17, the same day the Boardman Local School District received the report, as previously confirmed in a news release from the district.

Once the district learned of the allegation, administration contacted the child’s mother to check on the child, the district stated.

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