A Long Island bus driver, Giovanny Campos, employed by the Cheese Bus Company, has been indicted on charges of raping and kidnapping a teenage student from a local high school, as reported by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Campos, a 50-year-old driver, is accused of raping a Valley Stream student multiple times. The incidents are believed to have occurred between January and July 2023, after she was allegedly picked up along the bus route transporting students from Central High School to North High School in Valley Stream on Long Island, told Newsday.
According to the Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly, their investigation revealed that Campos, known to the student as Giovanny Guzman, allegedly raped her in a parking lot while still on the bus. Subsequently, he reportedly drove the minor to his apartment in Jamaica, Queens, where further sexual acts allegedly took place.
Donnelly expressed concern over the breach of trust, stating, “School bus drivers are trusted to transport and protect our children, but this defendant allegedly preyed on a teenage student and sexually abused her both on his bus and at his apartment in Queens.”
The accused, Campos, was apprehended on September 28 at his residence in Queens by the Nassau County Police Department’s Special Victims Squad. He faces charges of kidnapping in the second degree, rape in the third degree, two counts of criminal sex act in the third degree, and reckless endangerment, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Campos pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his bail was set at $150,000 cash, $300,000 bond, and $1.25 million partially secured bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for December 12, with a potential maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.
The law office of Menachem White, Esq., representing Campos, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Donnelly emphasized her office’s commitment to prosecuting predators and urged potential victims or those with information to contact the Special Victims Bureau at (516) 571-1266.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.