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Charges: Bus Driver Sexually Assaulted 5-Year-Old Girl

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(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 35-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl on a school bus back in June, according to criminal charges filed Tuesday in Hennepin County Court.

Dewayne Day was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis Police were dispatched to Fairview Riverside Hospital on June 30 on a report of a sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl. A guardian for the girl became concerned that day when she hadn’t been dropped off from her school bus. The complaint states that when the victim hadn’t been dropped off from her bus at the usual time, the guardian for the girl made some calls to her school.

The girl was eventually dropped off at her residence at 4:05 p.m., almost an hour later than normal. When the victim got off the bus, the guardian noticed she was walking oddly. The victim complained to her guardian that it felt like she had to go to the bathroom, according to the complaint. The girl further explained to her guardian that the bus driver, later identified as Day, had pulled down her pants and sexually assaulted her.

In a polygraph test issued by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Day denied touching the victim. He was arrested by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 29 and remains in custody in $500,000 bail.

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