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Case of alleged Utah bus driver child molester in D.A.'s hands

Published May 13, 2014 11:34 am

Preschool victims • Sandy police say they have video evidence of the alleged incidents.
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Sandy police detectives have concluded their investigation into alleged child sexual abuse by a school bus driver. Now, prosecutors will decide which charges will be filed.

Sandy police Sgt. Jon Arnold confirmed Tuesday that the case, stemming from claims that several preschool-age children had been molested by the male Canyons School District bus driver, was turned over to the Salt Lake County district attorney's office late Monday afternoon.

Detectives, along with evidence of the incidents, included recommendations for felony prosecution of the driver, but Arnold declined to offer specifics.

"That will be up to the D.A," he said. "They still need to review all the evidence, and it will likely be a minimum of several days before they make their decisions."

Evidence of the alleged crimes includes three months' worth of video security camera footage from the bus where the incidents purportedly occurred.

Canyons spokeswoman Jennifer Toomer-Cook said school officials acted immediately after learning of the alleged incidents after school on April 23, quickly reviewing the claims and putting the driver on leave the next day.

The bus reportedly was transporting the preschoolers to Altara Elementary School, 800 E. 11000 South.

Neither police nor school district officials would identify the suspected driver, who has not been arrested pending the decision on charges.

Citing the ongoing nature of the case, neither police nor school district officials would discuss further the nature of the alleged molestation or the specific number of alleged victims.

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