School-van driver charged with sexual assault on Everett five-year-old

LaraThe owner of a school-van service was arraigned yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted a young girl in one of his vans on the way home from school on Tuesday.

Sergio Lara, 53, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Chelsea District Court on charges of rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child, Revere Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office said.

Lara owns Maya Transportation, which brings children to and from schools in Revere, Chelsea and East Boston. According to a statement from the DA's office:

One of his passengers, a five-year-old Everett girl, told her mother on Tuesday that Lara had sexually assaulted her on the way home from school. The girl’s parents took her to an area hospital the same evening and notified police. Lara was identified and arrested the next day.

The van in question. Photo from Suffolk County DA's office.The van in question. Photo from Suffolk County DA's office.

Innocent, etc.

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These types of stories need to get out more.

I have seen far too many reports of school van drivers sexually abusing children. It happens more than a lot of people think and I hope background checks are being done on these drivers by these private bus companies.