MoCo school bus driver accused in sexual abuse of two 11-year-olds

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Salvador Rodriguez

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Police have arrested and charged a former school bus driver who they accuse of having sexual contact with two 11-year-old female students on buses during his routes.

Salvador Rodriguez, 59, was employed by Montgomery County Public Schools until the school system learned of the allegations in Feb. 2017 and immediately placed him on administrative leave.

The county’s Special Victims Investigation Division began investigating Rodriguez’s potential crimes on Feb. 9. They found his bus routes included Rockview Elementary School, Newport Mill Middle School, and Albert Einstein High School.

The detectives claim that in three separate incidents, Rodriguez had sexually abused one of the victims while she was a passenger on his bus. They say he sexually abused the other victim on a separate occasion, but that she had also been a passenger on the bus at the time.

Rodriguez was finally arrested on March 3 on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of third-degree sex offense, and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority. He reportedly admitted to his crimes against the girls during a police interview.

Detectives are requesting that parents of students who rode a school bus driven by Rodriguez to talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.