2010-03-26 / Top Stories

School Bus Perv Sentenced To 3 Years

The bus was parked in front of PS 183 The bus was parked in front of PS 183 A 21-year-old Rockaway school bus aide, who was known to children as “Michael,” has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree sexual abuse.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Darnell “Michael” Washington, of Beach 22 Street in Far Rockaway.

Washington, who worked as a bus aide for Philippe and Elmer Transportation, was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison by Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert M. Raciti following an earlier guilty plea to first-degree sexual abuse.

The sentence is to run concurrent to a three year sentence imposed on March 8, 2010, by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter following the defendant’s earlier guilty plea to first-degree sexual abuse for an incident involving another child.

Washington pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child on February 8, 2010, in connection with an incident involving a third child and was sentenced on that same date to time served, approximately 10 months.

Brown said, “As a result of media coverage of the defendant’s arrest last April, two more youngsters came forward.

The defendant has admitted abusing all three children on a school bus while working as an aide who was supposed to protect children, not abuse them. These cases are always disturbing because parents must be able to feel that their children are in a safe environment while traveling to school.”

According to the plea, the school bus was in front of P.S. 183, located at 245 Beach 79 Street, sometime between March 2, 2009, and April 27, 2009, when Washington asked an eight-yearold boy to go to the back of the bus, where he placed 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 placed his hands back in the boy’s pants – to undo the wedgie – and touched his genitals and buttocks. When the victim told Washington to stop, he did not.

Instead, Washington offered the boy money and candy not to tell anyone.

In the second incident, which also occurred in front of P.S. 183 during the same time period, Washington admitted reaching into the pants of a sevenyear old student and giving him a ‘wedgie,’ after which he gave the boy a lollipop. Finally, in the third incident, also in that time period, Washington admitted sexually abusing a nine-yearold male student on the bus.

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