Police: Sex assault by school bus driver caught on camera
LAS VEGAS — Surveillance cameras on a school bus recorded the driver sexually assaulting at least two students, according to an arrest report for the driver.
On Friday, Las Vegas Metro police announced the arrest of 55-year-old Michael Banco, who drove the bus that transports about 20 elementary and preschool students.
According to Banco’s arrest report, released Tuesday, the grandmother of one of the students was alerted to the assault after she told her granddaughter said that Banco had put his genitals in her mouth.
This prompted police to obtain surveillance video from the school bus, according to the report. The video showed Banco hugging, kissing and in various sexual positions with the girl on at least two occasions. A second student is seen being assaulted in a third video. In all three cases, Banco helped the students off the bus after the assault ended.
According to the report, the three incidents happened while other students were still on the bus.
Upon his arrest, Banco declined to be interviewed by detectives and requested an attorney. His home and school bus were also searched.
KVVU opted to report neither the name of the school at least one of the victims attended nor the number of the route driven by Banco in an effort to protect the identity of the victims.
On Friday, police said they were still trying to determine for how long the assaults had been happening.
Banco, who appeared in court on Tuesday, has been charged with 19 counts, including sexual assault of a child under 14, lewdness, child abuse and sexually motivated kidnapping. He was being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.