MINEOLA, N.Y. (TCD) — A grand jury recently indicted a 50-year-old bus driver who allegedly raped a teenage student multiple times for nearly seven months, including in a high school parking lot and in his home.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly, Giovanny Campos was indicted last week on charges of second-degree kidnapping, third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree criminal sex act, and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors allege Campos raped and kidnapped a Valley Stream student who took his bus route between January and July 2023.
Campos, also known to the victim as Giovanny Guzman, reportedly worked as a bus driver for the Cheese Bus Company, and his bus route went from Central High School to North High School in Valley Stream. Prosecutors allege Campos “raped the child multiple times, including in a parking lot while still on the bus.” Campos also reportedly brought the victim to his own home in Queens with the intent to “engage in sexual acts with her.”
The Nassau County Police Department’s Special Victims Squad arrested Campos in his home on Sept. 28. He appeared in court for his arraignment on Thursday, Nov. 30, and pleaded not guilty.
Campos is being held on $150,000 cash bail, $300,000 bond or $1.25 million partially secured bond, according to Donnelly. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 12, and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.
According to a statement obtained by NBC News, the Cheese Bus Company has since fired Campos, stating, “This individual is no longer employed by Cheese Bus, Inc. The instant our office was made aware of the District Attorney’s allegations, we removed the individual in question from all bus routes and from any contact with our passengers as we are committed to maintaining safety and security within our community.”
Donnelly said in a statement, “School bus drivers are trusted to transport and protect our children, but this defendant allegedly preyed on a teenage student and sexually abused her both on his bus and at his apartment in Queens.”
- School Bus Driver Indicted for Alleged Kidnap and Rape of Student – Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
- New York bus driver charged with raping student passenger – NBC News
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