70-Year-Old School Bus Driver Charged With Sex Assault of Two Young Girls

Prosecutors allege the girls were abused in front of other students

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A New Jersey school bus driver faces multiple sexual assault charges for allegedly abusing two young women in the presence of other students.

Morris County prosecutors said Thomas Thomasevich, 70, of Oakland, faces two counts of 2nd-degree sexual assault and six counts of 4th-degree cruelty and neglect of children, among other charges.

Thomasevich allegedly "committed acts of sexual contact on two minor female students known to him," prosecutors said in a statement, adding that "(such) acts were committed in the presence of several other minor students."

Thomasevich is in the Morris County jail pending a court appearance.

First Student Bus Co. of Butler, which employed him as a driver, said it was cooperating with the investigation and conducting its own internal review.

"Consistent with our standard process, the driver was immediately removed from service pending the outcome of the investigation. Given that this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further," the company said in a statement.

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