UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — A Fayette County man is accused of molesting a teenage girl who is mentally challenged.
The alleged incident happened on a Rittenhouse Bus Lines van on the morning of January 27th. That’s when 29-year-old bus driver Jason Freeland convinced the victim to skip school and go for a ride with him.
But it wasn’t until Wednesday that what happened on that ride became clear.
“Yesterday morning a child came forward to a school official talking about friend who was dating a bus driver,” Tom Colebank, transportation director for the Uniontown School District, said. “Immediately, the school was contacted about the situation and immediately we contacted the police.”
Police had Freeland in custody within hours. He told them that he met the victim outside of Uniontown High School. Once all of the students got off of his bus, she got on.
He then dropped her off near the bus garage in smock while he swapped the bus for a van.
The two then went to a parking lot where he touched her inappropriately in the back seat until she kicked him and told him to stop.
Jason Freeland had been working for the bus company since February of 2010, but he’s not driving buses anymore. Instead, he’s being held at the Fayette County Prison on $75,000 bond.
Freeland is facing charges that include aggravated indecent assault of a person with a mental disability.