Long Island Bus Driver Arrested for Kidnapping and Raping Student Passenger

December 5, 2023, 4:50 pm
Long Island Bus Driver Arrested for Kidnapping and Raping Student Passenger

A hor­ri­fy­ing inci­dent unfold­ed in Long Island, New York, as a bus dri­ver stands accused of the unthinkable. 

The Nas­sau Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney’s Office has charged Gio­van­ny Cam­pos, a 50-year-old dri­ver employed by the Cheese Bus Com­pa­ny, with the heinous crimes of kid­nap­ping and rap­ing a teenage student.

Accord­ing to Dis­trict Attor­ney Anne T. Don­nel­ly, Cam­pos alleged­ly sub­ject­ed a Val­ley Stream stu­dent to mul­ti­ple instances of sex­u­al assault. Dur­ing their inves­ti­ga­tion, author­i­ties dis­cov­ered that these dis­turb­ing acts occurred between Jan­u­ary and July of 2023, after the vic­tim board­ed Cam­pos’ bus along the route from Cen­tral High School to North High School.

In a shock­ing rev­e­la­tion, Don­nel­ly stat­ed that Cam­pos, who went by the name Gio­van­ny Guz­man, report­ed­ly raped the stu­dent in a park­ing lot while still on the bus. Sub­se­quent­ly, he trans­port­ed the minor, whose iden­ti­ty remains undis­closed, to his apart­ment in Jamaica, Queens, where fur­ther sex­u­al acts alleged­ly took place.

Express­ing her out­rage, Don­nel­ly empha­sized, “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.”

Fol­low­ing a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion, the Nas­sau Coun­ty Police Depart­men­t’s Spe­cial Vic­tims Squad appre­hend­ed Cam­pos on Sep­tem­ber 28 at his res­i­dence in Queens. The evi­dence led to Cam­pos being indict­ed on charges of sec­ond-degree kid­nap­ping, third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree crim­i­nal sex acts, and reck­less endan­ger­ment, as con­firmed by the Nas­sau Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney’s Office.

Cam­pos plead­ed not guilty to the charges dur­ing his arraign­ment. How­ev­er, the court set his bail at $150,000 cash, $300,000 bond, and $1.25 mil­lion par­tial­ly secured bond. His next court hear­ing is sched­uled for Decem­ber 12. If con­vict­ed, he could face a max­i­mum prison sen­tence of 25 years.

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