Ex-Vallivue Therapist Sentenced to Jail, Fines For Slapping Autistic Child 

click to enlarge West Canyon Elementary School - COURTESY VALLIVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT

A Canyon County speech therapist has been sentenced to jail, fines and 50 hours of community service after admitting to striking a 6-year-old child on the autism spectrum.

The Vallivue School District was hit with a tort claim after therapist Lisa Carriere was charged with injury to a child following a Jan. 5 incident at West Canyon Elementary School. According to the claim, Carriere, a 16-year veteran of the district, had been working with a male child who is nonverbal due to autism. The Vallivue School Board accepted Carriere's resignation in early February. And on April 29, Carriere told a Canyon County courtroom that she had "overreacted" and the slap was "the worst mistake of my life."

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Judge Thomas Sullivan sentenced Carriere to 180 days in jail with 175 days suspended, 50 hours of community service, two years of unsupervised probation, and $1,000 in fines and court costs with $500 suspended. Sullivan also agreed to a request from the victim's family that Carriere have no access to a vulnerable population through employment or volunteer work while on probation.
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