A northern Indiana teacher accused of grabbing a student and slapping him in the face has been charged with assault and battery causing moderate injury.
A judge ruled on Friday that there was probable cause in the charge against former Jimtown High School teacher Michael Hosinski, 61, of Osceola. The offense is a felony punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison.
In court documents filed Friday, officials describe their investigation into the Feb. 25 incident in which video appears to show Hosinski grabbing a student by his backpack, forcing him against a wall and punching him in the face.
The student told an officer that Hosinski followed him down a school hallway after Hosinski asked the student to leave his class. The student said Hosinski grabbed his schoolbag and then punched him in the face with an open hand, causing his head to hit the wall behind him.
The boy told the officer the impact left him with “throbbing” pain in his head and a bloody nose and lip. The officer observed a scratch and dent on the student’s head, as well as a scratch in the mouth, according to court records.
Court records show Hosinski was released after his arrest Thursday on $1,500 bond. A first hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.
The Baugo Community Schools Board on Monday granted Hosinski’s request for immediate retirement. The teacher had previously planned to retire at the end of the school year.
A phone listing for Hosinski could not be found and he could not be reached for comment.