Updated 09/14/2012 08:47 AM
Manor ISD bus driver charged with sexual abuse of a child
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A bus driver for the Manor Independent School District was arrested Thursday for sexual abusing a 10-year-old elementary school student.
According to an arrest affidavit, 62-year old Gilbert Briseno began sexually assaulting the victim when she was 6 years old. The incidents occurred when Briseno and the victim were alone on the bus in the mornings.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Manor ISD said they found out about the assaults after a citizen complained of seeing a child standing up on a bus Briseno was driving.
"We had received a report from a concerned citizen that one of our bus drivers was driving a bus with a student standing up, which is a violation of our safety expectations and safety standards," Manor ISD Interim Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer said.
School officials reviewed video from a camera on Briseno's bus and observed what they called “questionable conduct.” Briseno was terminated and police were called in.
Investigators urge parents to talk to their children.
"We don't think that there are any other children that were harmed, but to be on the side of caution we want all the parents to have that open communication with their children--not just for the school bus driver--but for anybody. Have that communication with their children to have that ability for them to come to their parents and say you know, 'something's going on that probably shouldn't be," Manor Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Phipps said.
Parents we say the incident serves as a good reminder.
"It's something that you start with from very little, good tough--bad touch, things to expect and what people can and can't do. But as far as this stuff ever happening, it's, it's just a sad mess and unfortunately it happened so close to home," Parent Anna Horn said.
Briseno is charged with continuous sexual assault of a child, and has been booked into Travis County Jail. His bond is set at $200,000.
Briseno was employed by the district for 12 years.