School bus driver jailed on child sex charge in Chester County

Monday, October 21, 2013

An eastern Pennsylvania school bus driver has been jailed on charges he molested an 8-year-old girl during sleepovers at the driver's home years ago.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 63-year-old Garnet Valley School District bus driver Terry C. Smith, of West Chester.

West Goshen Township police say they arrested Smith on Saturday. He faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges including indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Police say Smith told them he molested the girl at various times between 2002 and 2004.

Garnet Valley Superintendent Marc Bertrando says Smith passed all criminal background checks before he was hired as a driver last October.

Police say Smith's alleged victim is an adult and recently came forward with the accusations, which Smith acknowledged.

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