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School bus driver arrested for molestation

May 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A school bus driver and Big Brother mentor has been arrested after police say he molested a 14-year-old boy who suffers from autism.Danny Floyd Jr., 39, is accused of molesting a teenage boy that he met while doing volunteer work. Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims.

Click in the Eyewitness News Story Window above to watch Melissa MacBride's report from Moorpark.

Floyd volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor a 14-year-old boy suffering from autism. But authorities say the relationship that developed was sexually abusive.

"I would even go as far as to say this is more typical of a predator. You know, somebody who puts himself in a position to be close to children for the purpose of sexual gratification or sexual exploitation," said detective Eric Buschow from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department arrested Floyd after the boy and his family came forward with the allegations last week. Floyd, a school bus driver for Durham School Services, was taken into custody at work on Wednesday.

Floyd became a Big Brother six months ago.

Big Brothers Big Sisters released the following statement:

"Big Brothers Big Sisters makes child safety our priority. We have zero tolerance for abuse."

Investigators say the alleged molestation happened at Floyd's Moorpark home. One of Floyd's neighbors told Eyewitness News that she never trusted him, but other neighbors say they felt perfectly comfortable having him babysit their kids.

Floyd's neighbor Jeremy Hules says he thinks the accusations are false.

"It makes no sense. I would have -- I cannot imagine him doing something like that. I mean, based on what I know," said Hules. "It seems like a false accusation."

Hules says Floyd also performs as a drag queen at night.

Authorities say there's nothing illegal on Floyd's MySpace page, which shows photos of him in drag, but Floyd is accused of sending harmful matter via the internet.

Investigators want to know if there are any other possible victims.

"Our concern when something like this comes about and this person has a regular daily contact with children is that there may be more victims out there. So anybody who has any information about this type of activity involving this suspect we'd like to hear about it," said Buschow.

If you have any information, you can contact the Ventura County Sheriff's Department at (805) 371-8309.

The Sheriff's Department says so far it has not been made aware of any additional victims.

In the meantime, Floyd is being held on $250,000 bail. He will likely be arraigned on Friday.

 

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