Austin ISD bus driver charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old

Leon Young, 61

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Independent School District bus driver is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child following an incident on a school bus. Court documents said Leon Young, 61, inappropriately touched a 6-year-old girl at his driver’s seat on multiple occasions.

Authorities learned of the incident April 17 after two Walnut Creek Elementary School students told district police they saw the assault. During an interview with the 6-year-old on April 22, the girl said Young hugged her and gave her candy before assaulting her. The girl and other witnesses said this happened on several occasions, the affidavit said.

On April 23, an assistant principal recalled an instance in late January where he saw the girl standing between Young’s legs and the driver touching the girls shoulder or back, the document said. The assistant principal said he spoke with Young and told the driver not to touch the students.

Young admitted handing out candy to the girl and giving her a hug on a regular basis, the affidavit said, and also recalled the assistant principal speaking with him about the January incident.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Young on Thursday evening. The driver was hired by the district in December 2012, records show. Austin ISD said in a statement Young was fired April 27.

The school district will hold a parents-only meeting at Walnut Creek Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Court documents show Young lives in a Pflugerville neighborhood. A neighbor there, 16-year-old Redacia Polk, said, “Makes me very worried about my little siblings because they go to school every day and I don’t know who they’re around, and they have to watch their surroundings and everything else.”

In 2014, a Walnut Creek Elementary School teacher was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child. Court documents said Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl after asking her to stay in for recess during summer school.

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