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UPDATE:

Cameron Moffett, the Mason County principal accused of child abuse, has been acquitted by a judge in a bench trial.  Moffett did not face a jury and instead the judge heard arguments and evidence from both sides and decided the case.

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ORIGINAL:

A controversial child abuse case involving a former principal and special needs student is moving forward in the court system.

On Wednesday, former Point Pleasant Intermediate School Principal Cameron Moffett appeared in Mason County Circuit Court after a grand jury indicted him on one count of child abuse causing risk of injury.

The felony charge stems from a March 2012 incident that was caught on the school bus video.

In the video, prosecutors said Moffett can be seen grabbing then 11-year-old Zach Plants. They said Moffett rolled the boy around and forcibly removed him from the school bus.

The shocking video has been a key piece of evidence on both sides of this case.  It's ignited a debate over whether or not Moffett acted appropriately.

Attorney Mike Clifford is representing the Plants family in a federal civil rights suit in relation to this case.

He said following the school bus incident, Melanie Plants decided to home school her child.

He said the boy has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress following what happened that day.

Moffett is no longer a principal at the school but is still employed by the Mason County Board of Education.

He's free on bond pending his next court appearance on June 3.

Click here to watch the raw school bus video.