HERKIMER, N.Y. – A 59-year-old school bus driver from Ilion is accused of hugging and touching a 14-year-old girl after making inappropriate comments to her for several weeks.
Herkimer police say the alleged misconduct was reported on Thursday, after starting in mid-December. After an investigation, they arrested Birnie Bus driver, Colby Sweet.
According to police, Sweet is accused of “regularly” dropping all other students off, and pulling the bus on the side of the road with just he and the teen girl inside.
During these unauthorized stops, Sweet allegedly hugged and rubbed the teen while asking for kisses. Police say he also gave the girl gifts and made comments about how much he admired her.
Sweet was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, but police say additional charges are pending.
He was released on his own recognizance, and is due back in court at a later date.