A Bridgeport school bus driver is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl at his own home.
Dattco confirmed to Eyewitness News that Ricardo Julien, 39, has been the subject of the Department of Children and Families investigation since February.
Police said they learned that Julien is a friend of the victim's family.
They said the victim told her mother what happened.
She said Julien picked her up at a friend's house and drove her to his house. The rape took place in Julien's car, according to investigators.
The victim also told police that it's happened before.
Dattco released a statement on Tuesday.
"Mr. Julien was employed as a school bus driver with our company for two and one half years, beginning in Aug. 2013," said Cliff Gibson, chief operating officer of Dattco. "As such he was required to pass FBI fingerprint checks, annual criminal background checks, and multiple pre-employment examinations, in excess of federal and state requirements. In Feb. of 2016, our company was informed of a pending investigation by officials of the Department of Children and Families. The company immediately placed the employee on unpaid leave of absence, pending the outcome of that investigation. He remains in a non-work status at this time, and Dattco will continue to monitor the investigation, cooperating with the authorities as required."
Julien faces first-degree sexual assault, fourth degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor charges, according to court records.
His bond was set at $200,000.
Julien is due in court on Nov. 8.
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