Huron police investigate sexual assault on bus

HURON Huron police are wrapping up an investigation into a claim that a 4-year-old disabled preschoo
susanmcmillan
May 24, 2010

 

HURON

Huron police are wrapping up an investigation into a claim that a 4-year-old disabled preschooler was sexually assaulted on a school bus earlier this month.

The student's mother told school officials her daughter came home upset Sept. 19 and "gave the impression someone had touched her inappropriately" on the way to school, Huron Schools superintendent Fred Fox said.

The district immediately contacted children's services and turned the case over to the Huron Police Department, Fox said.

Huron police Chief Randy Glovinsky said it's alleged that the preschooler was touched by another female student. Surveillance video from the bus, however, shows her sitting by herself the entire bus ride.

"It doesn't look like there's any solid evidence that anything took place," he said.

Monday afternoon Glovinsky said investigators still needed to talk to one more person and the nearly two-week-long investigation should be completed today.

Fox said the girl is riding another bus for now. He noted Huron'spreschool program is open only to students with disabilities, and there may be communicationdifficulties involved in the case.

The district cannot take action of any sort until the investigation is completed, Fox added, but bus drivers have been alerted of the incident.

"They'll keep an eye out to see if they notice anything out of the ordinary," he said.