Minor with special needs sexually assaulted by school bus driver

SILVER SPRING, Md (WMAR) - A school bus driver is held without bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a special needs student.

Montgomery County Police say 62-year-old Etienne K. Kabongo of Gaithersburg faces charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sexual offense and sexual abuse of a minor.

On July 31 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Kabongo was reportedly transporting special education students on a Montgomery County Public School bus. The bus stopped on Yates Road in Silver Spring, to let off another student. An aide aboard the bus exited to assist. During this time, Kabongo allegedly assaulted the 12-year-old female victim. A school bus camera captured video of the incident.

Kabongo, known as 'Mr. Steve' to some students has worked as a school bus operator throughout Montgomery County since 2006, and has primarily worked with students with special needs.

Investigators are concerned there may be more victims. Anyone concerned their child may have been victimized is asked to call 240-773-5400.

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