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School Bus Driver Sexually Assaults Child After Locking Them In – Police Fear More Victims #EndTheAbuse

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged a man following an investigation into sexual offences that occurred in the Vanier area involving a youth, under 16 years of age.

On February 23rd, the accused – who was employed as a vulnerable/special needs student transport driver for a Vanier area high school – locked the doors and drove away from the drop-off zone before the last student on board was able to exit. He parked the van in another school parking area and forced the student to perform a sexual act. The student was then released and able to exit the transport van. The youth immediately reported the incident to a teacher.

Today, Mohamed ELBARKOUKY, 52 years old, of Ottawa was charged with Sexual assault, Sexual interference and Invitation to sexual touching.

He is scheduled to appear in court today.

SACA investigators believe there could be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944. Tips may also be sent electronically to [email protected].

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).