Police have charged an after-school care employee at Victory Elementary School in Bristow with assaulting a 9-year-old student in the program.
Officers and Child Protective Services were called to the school at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday after a 9-year-old boy suffered bruising and marks on the top of his foot when an after-school worker stepped on it as punishment, police say.
The investigation revealed the boy had accidentally stepped on the foot of a classmate, another 9-year-old student, said Prince William police Sgt. Jonathan Perok.
Police say the suspect then approached the victim and intentionally stepped on his foot.
The after-care worker is an employee of AlphaBEST Education Inc., which is contracted to provide before- and after-school care to Prince William County schools.
Christopher Aaron Dean, 28, of the 10000 block of Dylan Place in Manassas was charged Wednesday with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery, Perok said. He was released on summons with a Dec. 18 court date.