Police: Kensington School Bus Driver Charged With Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls on Bus
Drove routes for Rockview Elementary School, plus Newport Middle and Einstein High
Via Montgomery County Police Department
A Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver was arrested Friday on allegations that he inappropriately touched two 11-year-old girls who were his passengers, according to authorities.
Salvador Rodriguez, 59, of North Kensington was charged with two counts of sexually abusing a minor, four counts of third-degree sex offense and four counts of fourth-degree sex offense, the Montgomery County Department of Police reported. He is accused of sexually abusing one girl three separate times and inappropriately touching the second girl on a separate occasion, according to police.
Both girls attend Rock View Elementary School and were on his bus at the time, according to police.
“The allegations presented in the charging document are disturbing and completely unacceptable. They represent a serious breach of trust, responsibility, integrity and the law,” Rock View Principal Kristine Alexander wrote in a letter to parents. “This behavior does not reflect the principles and values of MCPS on our community, and it will not be tolerated.”
The criminal investigation began Feb. 9, and MCPS placed Rodriguez on administrative leave that month as soon as officials learned of the accusations against him, police reported.
Rodriguez, who was hired by MCPS in May 2006, drove routes for Rockview Elementary, Newport Mill Middle School and Albert Einstein High School, all in Kensington. During an interview with detectives, he acknowledged touching the girls inappropriately, according to police.
Investigators are asking parents of students who rode a bus with Rodriguez to speak with their children. If parents believe their child was victimized, they should call detectives at 240-773-5400, police said.