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School Bus Aide Denies Molesting Prince George's County Students

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    A school bus aide is denying allegations he sexually abused children on a Prince George's County school bus. County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Parents of a 4-year-old boy with special needs say they were told video from a school bus shows their son being molested.

    • They were told the same thing happened to another child on the bus.

    • PGCPS confirmed the aide and his supervisor are on administrative leave.

    The school bus aide accused of molesting students on a Prince George’s County, Maryland, school bus denied any wrong doing Wednesday.

    “No I did not,” he said when asked if he molested any children.

    Child Protective Services told a number of parents at James Ryder Randall Elementary School their special needs pre-kindergartners may have been molested after the aide was allegedly seen doing inappropriate things on bus cam video.

    The parents of a 4-year-old boy with special needs said they were told bus cameras caught the abuse and they were shown enough video to identify their son, but they have not seen the alleged abuse.

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    The parents said they were told the same thing happened to another child on the bus.

    The children involved have verbal delays and trouble communicating.

    Prince George’s County Police confirmed they are investigating the incident, which was reported to CPS May 24 and to police June 20. The boy reported more information to police in August, according to sources. The boy's father said the incident happened in November.

    The aide has not been charged.

    PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said he didn't find out until August, when school started.

    County Executive Rushern Baker said he told Maxwell he expects him to get a handle on issues surrounding student safety.

    “My job is to look at him and have these issues dealt with,” he said. “I have all the confidence he can deal with them, and I want them dealt with.”

    Prince George’s County Public Schools confirmed the aide and his supervisor are on administrative leave. The driver of the bus is no longer with the school system, a source close to the investigation told News4.

    Seven months ago, the community was horrified after learning a former teacher’s aide was reportedly sexually abusing students at another county school.

    The school year began with the Prince George’s County school system losing $6.4 million in federal aid after an investigation revealed alleged abuse within the county’s Head Start program.