Final player reaches plea deal in Carmel HS bus assault
Hendricks County - The fourth Carmel basketball player to be charged in a January 2010 school bus assault has reached a plea agreement with the Hendricks County prosecutor.
Robert Kitzinger admitted to battery (class B misdemeanor) stemming from the incident on a Carmel school bus as it passed through Hendricks County Jan. 22, 2010.
As part of the agreement, Kitzinger will provide a written apology to the victim, pay court costs and continue as a student in good standing. Kitzinger has already completed the required counseling. No additional community service was required because he was already required to complete this in Hamilton County.
If the terms are all complied with, the case will be dismissed at the end of a year.
Kitzinger is the fourth former Carmel player to be convicted of assaulting students in a locker room in Hamilton County or on a team bus as it passed through Hendricks County. The others also accepted plea deals. Kitzinger was the only one who was facing conviction in two counties.
The family of the 14-year-old victim in the bus case has filed a tort claim threatening a $2.2 million lawsuit against the Carmel school district. They say they're committed to a civil suit against Carmel Clay Schools for its handling of the assault investigations.