Former school bus driver has been arrested and charged with ‘upskirting’ students

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: 70-year-old Bruce Garner remains behind bars at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County on charges of sexual abuse of children and invasion of privacy after it was revealed he was taking images and videos of students as they exited his bus.

 

Garner has been fired from his position as a school bus driver and has been barred from entering school property according to Marple Newtown School District Superintendent Tina Kane.

 

In total, Garner faces 139 counts each of sexual abuse of children, invasion of privacy and unlawful contact with a minor according to CBS3.

 

Garner's attorney, R. Emmett Madden said that his client is determined to "proving that he is worthy of redemption" and has entered "mental health treatment on his own accord." Madden further stated that his client " understands the seriousness of these allegations, and the trust he violated."

 

The investigation into Garner's activity began on Tuesday, May 17 when a 14-year-old student at St. Mary Magdalen School took footage of Garner seeming to film a female student as she exited the bus. The girl showed the film to her mother who then contacted the school.

 

When police spoke with the girl, she told them that she and other student had long felt uncomfortable around Garner.

 

Garner met with police on Wednesday, May 18 and is said to have admitted to filming students by holding his phone near the floor and tilting it upward to get a view up their skirts.

 

139 videos and still images of eight different students were found on Garner's cell phone. The girls were found to range in ages between 9 and 14 years old.

 

At this time investigators have no reason to believe that Garner ever made physical contact with the girls.

 

The Marple Newtown School District issued a note to parents advising them of the arrest and asking that anyone with information contact Upper Providence Police Detective Sgt. George Moore at (610) 566-8445.

 

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 10.