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School bus driver arrested on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Ana

A school bus driver from Upland has been arrested by Santa Ana police on suspicion of child molestation involving two victims, authorities said on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Nery Rodriguez, 39, was arrested on Dec. 31 at the 700 block of South Lyon Street in Santa Ana. Rodriguez was a bus driver for Durham School Services and worked as a driver in Santa Ana, police said.

There is no evidence that Rodriguez sexually assaulted any student passengers in the scope and duties as a bus driver, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. He was an employee for the company as recently as last month, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Police Department.

Two victims reported that Rodriguez sexually molested them when they were about eight years old and living in Santa Ana. Rodriguez repeatedly sexually abused the victims for several years and the abuse was not reported at that time, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The abuse continued until about three years ago when the alleged victims had no more connection to Rodriguez, Bertagna said.

Rodriguez was booked at the Orange County Jail and his bail was set at $1 million.

Police asked that anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Nick Vega at 714-245-8368 or at nvega@santa-ana.org


Source: Orange County Register

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