School Bus Driver Accused of Sex Abuse, Possessing Child Porn

Updated: A school bus driver was arrested Tuesday morning and accused of sex abuse and possession of child pornography.
 
Suffolk County police arrested Charles Titone III at his home on Depot Road in Huntington Station after an investigation triggered by a tip from the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
 
He is employed by the Huntington Coach Corp. and drives in the Northport-East Northport school district. Police said the victim was someone previously known to Titone and not a student from his bus route.
 
He is accused of having sexual contact with a 6-year-old and possessing child pornography on his phone.
 

Titone, 46, was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, a Class D Felony, and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a Class E Felony.He is being held overnight at the Second Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip. In a letter posted to the Northport school district website, Superintendent Robert Banzer wrote,

“The driver in question drove a small bus accompanied by a driver assistant. The routes include Northport High School (Van 5), Northport Middle School (Van 1), East Northport Middle School (Music Van 3) and Pulaski Road Elementary School (Van 1). Should you have any information or complaints related to this driver, please contact the Suffolk County Police directly at 631-854-8200.

We are extremely appalled and troubled by these allegations.

I have confirmed with Huntington Coach that this driver will no longer service our district.

Again, we are truly disheartened to learn of these allegations.

The safety and well- being of your child is of utmost importance. Please contact your child’s principal or counselor should you have additional information or questions.”

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

To report a crime anonymously, call 1-800-220-TIPS.

7:35 p.m.: Day of arrest corrected. . 7:47School response added.

 

 

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