A school bus driver for the Salinas Union High School District in California is in custody on five charges relating to the alleged rapes of special needs children over the last 10 years.
Police reportedly began an investigation of Bill Harvey, 58, after being alerted on Feb. 22 to a man harassing a female victim. The investigation showed that Harvey had inappropriate relationships with at least two of the children who rode on his bus.
Police said that Harvey bought gifts and met with at least one victim several times outside of his job duties. The victims were both physically and developmentally disabled. They told police that they were inappropriately touched several times and forced to commit sexual acts against their will.
The first sexual act occurred eight years ago when one victim was 13 years of age. The acts allegedly continued, with the most recent being last year.
Harvey was booked on charges of rape of a person unable to give consent, rape by force or fear, lewd acts upon a child, kidnapping and stalking, officials said.