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Owner of private school bus company charged with raping five-year old girl

Posted by Metro Desk  March 4, 2011 01:59 PM

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The owner of a private school bus company that cares for students in Revere, Chelsea and East Boston is now facing charges that he sexually molested one of his passengers, a five year old Everett girl, authorities said today.

Sergio Lara, 53, was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court where he pleaded not gulityu to one count of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 16 years old. Bail was set at $100,000 cash, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

According to prosecutors and Revere police, Lara allegedly sexually assaulted the girl on Tuesday while he was transporting her to home from school. The girl reported the attack to her mother, who rushed the child to an area hospital and summoned police.

Following an investigation, Lara was identified as the child’s attacker and arrested.

Following an investigation, Lara was identified as the child’s attacker and arrested.

“Too often, the victims of abuse are afraid or ashamed to disclose what happened, but this child did exactly the right thing,” Conley said in a statement.

He added, “telling her parents right away allowed investigators to take rapid action and have him held on high bail. She’s a smart, brave little girl.”

Prosecutors identified Lara’s private school bus company as Maya Transportation.

According to prosecutors, if Lara posts bail he is under court order to “stay away from the victim and her family, stay out of the presence of children under 16 unless their parents are present, refrain from any employment that would place him in contact with children under 16, surrender all travel documents, remain in Massachusetts, and wear a GPS monitoring device.’’

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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