A school bus driver was arrested and charged for allegedly raping and kidnapping a Valley Stream student who rode on his bus route between January and July of this year.
Giovanny Campos, 50, of Queens was charged with kidnapping, rape, criminal sex act, and reckless endangerment of a minor on Nov. 30. He was indicted by a grand jury before Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald where he pleaded not guilty.
If found guilty, Campos faces a potential maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. He is due back in court on Dec. 12.
Campos was employed as a driver with the Cheese Bus Company, where he routinely drove students from Valley Stream Central High School to North High School.
Starting in early May, Campos allegedly raped the teenage girl in a parking lot while still on the bus and sexually abused her in his apartment in Queens. He was arrested at his home on Sept. 28.
"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," Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in a news release. "This office is committed to prosecuting predators who prey on vulnerable children.
If anyone has more information about this incident, call the district attorney's Special Victims Bureau at (516) 571-1266.