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A Bismarck woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the assault of a Mandan bus driver in October.

Megan Rosario Hernandez pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor counts of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Mandan police responded to an altercation at a bus stop on the 2100 block of Old Red Trail N.W. the morning of Oct. 10. Harlow's bus driver, Steve Bertsch, told police he had been assaulted by a 12-year-old boy.

Video and audio recording showed Rosario Hernandez had walked onto the bus after the boy had kicked the driver in the chest several times, and she reportedly yelled at the driver, according to court documents. The 12-year-old continued to assault Bertsch, and, at one point, Rosario Hernandez pushed the driver.

Bertsch was not hospitalized, but had a cut on his chin and blood on his lips and tongue, police said.

Last week, South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick handed down a one-year deferred imposition of sentence, as well as a year of unsupervised probation. With the deferred imposition of sentence, if Rosario Hernandez successfully completes probation, the charges will be dismissed.

Rosario Hernandez also was required to provide the Morton County State's Attorney's office with a letter of apology to Bertsch, and she must continue with counseling and mental health treatment.

Mandan police said the boy was also cited for simple assault, disorderly conduct, tampering with or damaging a public service and criminal trespass.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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