Cops investigating more allegations against school bus driver

Macneil Deas (Source: CCDC)
Macneil Deas (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police are investigating additional allegations against the school bus driver arrested last year on charges he groped a girl on his route, according to the Charleston County School District.

School district spokesman Jason Sakran said Charleston police have been investigating the allegations since they were made back in December, shortly after the arrest of the suspect, 47-year-old Macneil Deas.

The Adams Run native was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor after a juvenile victim told investigators Deas had inappropriately touched her.

According to the juvenile victim, the first assault happened around Dec. 2011, when Deas took his open hand and "brushed it across her chest." The second alleged assault in the fall of 2012, when the victim says Deas grabbed and squeezed her buttocks as she was exiting the bus at her stop.

The victim reported the abuse last November. She told police she had not told anyone about the incidents because she was scared and unsure what to do.

Deas, an employee of Durham School Services, was immediately placed on administrative leave following his arrest. Sakran said a short time later, they were told additional allegations had been made.

Months later in April, the school district issued letters to parents and guardians of children who were on the driver's route addressing the additional allegations.

Sakran said parents and guardians who replied with concerns were referred to the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center.

Deas has not faced any additional charges since his arrest.

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