School van driver charged with sexual assault of minor - WFSB 3 Connecticut

School van driver charged with sexual assault of minor


A man trusted to drive children to school is under arrest after being charged with sexually assaulting an underage disabled teenage girl.

Police arrested Leo King, 64, on Tuesday night.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News learned King drove a van for EASTCONN, an education center in Hampton.

The girl went to school in Brooklyn.

The arrest warrant said he assaulted the 15-year-old girl repeatedly over a three-month period in the fall and winter of 2012 and told her she would be sent to a hospital if she told anyone.

The 15-year0old girl has autism, ADHD, tourettes as well as learning disabilities.

The teen's family filed a lawsuit over the summer.

According to the lawsuit, the girl told her friend about the abuse, and that friend alerted her mother.

In a statement released late Wednesday night Thomas Cronin, EASTCONN's Director of Education Services said "these are disturbing allegations. We take the safety of our students very seriously. As soon as we became aware of the allegations, we acted swiftly to remove the driver. We are cooperating fully with the investigation and will continue to do so."

Kind will be in court on Wednesday.

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