Port Washington bus driver accused of inappropriately touching students

Port Washington bus driver accused of inappropriately touching students

By Nick Montes. CREATED Nov 2, 2011

PORT WASHINGTON- A school bus driver accused of touching students inappropriately.  Now parents are concerned and the school district is investigating.  The driver bused students to and from Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  He's on administrative leave.

At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, news that a male bus driver allegedly touched students inappropriately spreads fast. "He patted somebody on the thigh or the butt, I guess," concerned parent, Stacy Peters says.

Port Washington police say a concerned parent notified them October 13th, about the bus driver's alleged inappropriate behavior. He hasn't been arrested, nor charged by police.

"The driver is not working for us until the investigation is over with. But, he definitely is not driving a bus," Joyce Buchholz, a manager with Johnson School Bus Service says.   

The driver has several routes, including one to Port Washington High School. He's worked for Johnson School Bus Service for 35 years, a shock for some he's worked with. "We check their criminal background each year," Buchholz says. She says there was nothing on his record like this.
Kevin Gwiet worked with the bus driver at Johnson School Bus Services. He once thought the accusations were rumors, now he thinks differently. "It's true. I've heard the kids say it. I've heard other drivers say it," Gwiet says.

Thomas Jefferson's principal reassures parents their kids are safe while on the bus. Even, if it means he has to get involved personally. "I will ride the buses home if I have any reservations about anything that might be out of the norm," Arlan Galarowicz, principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

The investigation could wrap up by the end of the week, charges could come by then, depending on what that investigation reveals. TMJ4 did reach out to the driver's attorney, but they declined to comment.