Baldwin Whitehall School District bus driver charged with assault
A Baldwin-Whitehall School District bus driver is charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy from Elizabeth Township.
William H. Scherz Sr., 73, of Brownsville Road, Brentwood, had his preliminary hearing continued on Monday at Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills' office for a third-degree felony charge of corruption of minors, a third-degree felony charge of criminal use of communication facility, a first-degree felony charge of statutory sexual assault, two first-degree felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony charge of unlawful contact with a minor, a first-degree felony charge of criminal attempt: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years old, a misdemeanor charge of indecent assault and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, filed by Allegheny County police.
County police arrested Scherz on Jan. 22.
A call to Scherz's lawyer, David S. Shrager, was not returned on Wednesday morning.
School district Superintendent Randal Lutz said Scherz, a 10-year employee, is on a voluntary, unpaid leave. He said he plans to meet with Scherz to discuss the incident.
“He's not at work. Won't be,” Lutz said. “None of this happened on work time ... this really had nothing to do with the school district.”
Lutz said he doesn't know if Scherz worked on Jan. 22, but he does have a morning and afternoon bus route shift, which includes transporting students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
All Baldwin-Whitehall employees must pass a criminal background check and receive clearances from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police, Lutz said.
“Absolutely. Anyone who works with children,” he said.
The victim met Scherz in December 2012 through a telephone dating service known as Megamate, according to the criminal complaint. The victim told Scherz that he was 18 years old on the phone, but admitted to being 15 when Scherz came to his home in Elizabeth on Jan. 22., the complaint states. The two agreed to meet and the victim gave Scherz his address, police said.
Also according to the criminal complaint: When Scherz arrived at the home, he tried to kiss the victim, who then pushed Scherz away. Scherz then removed his false teeth, placing them on the living room couch and assaulted the victim, the complaint stated.
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