TORONTO - Toronto Police have accused a 61-year-old former school bus driver of sexually assaulting three children.
Det. Ryan Braganza said Wednesday the man was arrested on Jan. 22 after the Children’s Aid Society contacted police and asked them to investigate allegations of abuse stemming from a six-month period, September 2015 to January 2016.
Braganza alleges the children were targeted because of “their mental capacity and physical capacity.”
The driver, who started working for Stock Transportation in 2006, ferried students to many Scarborough schools, including Georges Vanier Secondary School, Wexford Public School, George Peck Public School, and Sloane Public School.
The Toronto District School Board sent a note home with parents Wednesday, notifying them of the charges.
“We know that this situation may be upsetting for some of our students and will ensure that supports are in place for those students,” TDSB said.
The note added: “It is important to remember that laying criminal charges does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Stock Transportation spokesman Molly Hart said in a statement the company is co-operating with the investigation.
“Student safety is Stock’s top priority and, as such, I can confirm that the bus driver in question is no longer employed by our company,” Hart told the Toronto Sun in an e-mail.
Frank Gavas is charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference. He is in jail awaiting a bail hearing.
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