2010-03-12 / Front Page

School Bus Aide Pervert Gets Three Years

By Nicholas Briano

An Edgemere school bus aide who was arrested last year for fondling a nine-year-old boy on a school bus, and later found with a stash of child porn on his cell phone, has been sentenced to three years in jail this week, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The school bus aide who sexually abused two P.S. 183 students was sentenced to three years in prison this week. The school bus aide who sexually abused two P.S. 183 students was sentenced to three years in prison this week. Darnell Washington, 20, of Beach 22 Street, has been convicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, both of which carry the sentence of three years in prison.

Washington will serve the two sexual abuse sentences concurrently.

He pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and will not serve prison time for that offense.

According to Brown, the school bus was at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 73 Street on the morn ing of April 27, 2009, when Wash - ington asked the boy to play a game, in which Washington reached inside of the front of the boy’s pants and sexually abused him.

Washington then reached into the back of the boy’s pants and rubbed his buttocks, according to court documents.

In addition, he was accused of showing the boy a photograph of a nude young girl on his cell phone. Following his arrest, police confiscated the phone and found dozens of stored child pornography pictures.

Washington was arrested after the boy came home from school and told his parents. He was held on $200,000 bail, but would have additional charges added to his case in July 2009, when two more children came forward later on with allegations of abuse.

Washington, who worked as a bus aide for Philippe and Elmer Transportation, was charged with another count of firstdegree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents, the charges were brought against Washington because of two separate incidents, both of which occurred when his school bus was parked in front of P.S. 183 in Rockaway Beach.

Sometime between March 2, 2009, and April 27, 2009, Washington asked an unidentified eight-year-old boy to go to the back of the bus, where Washington placed his hand inside the boy’s pants and gave him a wedgie by yanking up his under- wear, injuring the boy and tearing his underwear in the process. Court documents show that when Washington placed his hands back in the boy’s pants to undo the wedgie, he sexually abused him. It is believed that Washington offered the boy money and candy not to tell anyone about the incident.

During the same time period Washington reached into the pants of another unidentified seven-year-old student and also gave him a wedgie, after which he gave the boy a lollipop to not say anything. No sexual abuse charges were brought as a result of that incident; instead, he was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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