New Mexico State Police say a bus driver was arrested Thursday, accused of raping a child on a school bus.
According to NMSP, 66-year-old Stephen “Mr. Steve” George Meek, a bus driver for Chama Schools, is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl, who was the last person left on the bus after Meek dropped the rest of the kids off Wednesday afternoon.
Chama is located in northern New Mexico, about ten miles south of the Colorado State line.
Police say a witness saw Meek pulled to the side of the road thought the bus was having mechanical issues and pulled over to help, but the bus took off. A short time later, the bus pulled off the road a second time. The same witness stopped to check on “Mr. Steve” but was waved off by the suspect when the motorist attempted to approach the bus.
The concerned motorists, who knew the young girl and her family, called the police to notify them of the suspicious behavior. The girl later told her grandparents that Meek had kissed and touched her.
A physical examination conducted by hospital professionals revealed the young girl had been raped.
As a result of the investigation, Meek was taken into custody on May 9 and booked into the Rio Arriba County Detention Center on charges of Criminal sexual penetration in the 1st degree, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and enticement of a child. Prosecutors have filed a motion to keep Meek behind bars until trial.