2009-07-24 / Front Page

Perv Rearrested For PS 183 Assaults

ARockaway school bus aide arrested in April for sexually assaulting a young boy was rearrested on Tuesday as a serial pervert who played a twisted game of "wedgie" to abuse two other youngsters in his care, prosecutors charge.

The latest assaults allegedly perpetrated by Wash- took place on school buses parked outside of PS 183 in Rockaway Beach. The latest assaults allegedly perpetrated by Wash- took place on school buses parked outside of PS 183 in Rockaway Beach. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week, "As a result of media coverage of the defendant's arrest last April, two more youngsters have come forward and have accused the defendant of abusing them. As a result, the defendant faces an additional seven years in prison if convicted of these disturbing charges."'

Brown identified the defendant as Darnell "Michael" Washington, 20, of 636 Beach 22 Street in Far Rockaway.

Washington, who worked as a bus aide for Philippe and Elmer Transportation, was arraigned on Wednesday in Queens Criminal Court on two new criminal complaints - one charging him with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and the other with endangering the welfare of a child.

Washington, who has been held in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since April, faces an additional seven years in prison on the new charges.

According to court documents, the latest charges occurred when the school bus was parked in front of PS 183, located at 245 Beach 79 Street in Rockaway Beach, sometime between March 2, 2009, and April 27, 2009, when Washington asked an unidentified eight-year-old boy to go to the back of the bus, where Washington placington ed his hand inside the boy's pants and gave him a 'wedgie' by yanking up his underwear - in the process, hurting the boy and tearing his underwear.

Washington then allegedly placed his hands back in the boy's pants - allegedly to undo the wedgie - and touched his genitals and buttocks. Finally, it is alleged that when the victim told Washington to stop, he did not. Instead, it is alleged that Washington offered the boy money and candy not to tell anyone about what he had done.

It is alleged in the second incident, which also allegedly occurred in front of PS 183 during the same time period, Washington reached into the pants of an unidentified seven-year-old student and gave him a 'wedgie,' after which he gave the boy a lollipop.

Brown noted that Washington was charged in April 2009 with sexually molesting a 9-year-old male student on the bus and with possessing nude photos of children on his cell phone. Washington was charged in that case with first-degree sexual abuse, possessing a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child. That case is pending.

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