Albert Gallatin bus driver charged in sex acts with student
An Albert Gallatin Senior High School bus driver is in the Fayette County Prison after a 15-year-old girl reported that she had performed sex acts on him.
Michael William Edgar, 52, of Fairchance is charged by state police at Uniontown with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.
The girl told police the incidents occurred in October and November, police said.
Video surveillance taken from the school showed that on the morning of Nov. 1, the sexual contact happened after other students exited the bus in the main driveway area of the school, according to police.
Edgar has worked as a bus driver for 25 years with the school district, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The girl told police she had “a crush” on her bus driver and she approached him several times on the bus and left him letters describing the sex acts, police said.
Edgar denied the sexual contact when he spoke with police on Dec. 3 and said the girl stayed on the bus two or three times to talk about problems, but only for a few minutes, according to court documents.
State police reviewed surveillance footage from school days between Oct. 1 and Nov. 7, according to the criminal complaint.
On Dec. 12, police interviewed Edgar again. He said he knew that his bus didn't have a video camera on it, but he did not know there was video in front of the school. He said a sex act only occurred once, according to the complaint.
Christopher Pegg, Albert Gallatin transportation director and secondary school supervisor, said the district contracts bus services with First Student, which immediately suspended the driver.
“Bus drivers are not employees of the school district; however, we did cooperate with the state police investigation,” Pegg said.
First Student spokeswoman Jen Biddinger confirmed in an email that the driver “has been removed from service.”
“The safety and security of our students is our core value at First Student. We take these allegations very seriously and are assisting authorities with their investigation,” she said.
Pegg said the student first reported the incidents to school administrators, who notified police.
At least three staff members stand outside during student bus and parent drop-offs in the mornings, he said.
“There was really nothing out of the ordinary that would have been picked up on,” Pegg said.
Edgar was arraigned on Monday before Masontown District Judge Randy Scott Abraham and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.