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Bus Driver Sentenced For Sex Crimes

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 Fayetteville (WVVA) A Fayette County bus driver found guilty of sexual abuse is sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.

Steven Malay was convicted of sexual abuse by a person of trust. His original charge stemmed from sexual encounters between him and a 14-year-old female who rode his bus in late 2012.

"I think it shows that we still value protecting children in our jurisdiction and hopefully this will give comfort to parents to know that when they put their kids in school, government is going to protect their children," said Fayette County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Parsons.

While Malay sits behind bars, his case has set a precedent to be followed by many courts to come.

Earlier in the trial, the person of trust label was almost dropped against Malay. Since he was not on the clock at the time of the abuse, the Supreme Court ruled that a circuit judge could no longer make that decision: it would have to go before a jury.

 "I think it is important when people are in a position of trust that the law addresses those situations and I think without question, if you're required by law to put your children in school, there ought to be a reciprocal obligation on the part of government to protect your children," added Parsons.

 

 

 

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