Bus Driver Accused Of Assaulting Developmentally Disabled Passengers

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV

SALEM (CBS) —Sixty-four-year-old Robert Buckley was arraigned Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting two women with intellectual disabilities.

Prosecutors say he was a driver for MassTran Transportation, and attacked the women who were his passengers.

Both women are in their 20’s and were regular passengers.

Buckley told them not to tell anyone what happened according to court documents.

But the van was equipped with a camera and caught the alleged assaults.

“The defendant in preparation for the assaults on these young women actually made attempts to cover up the camera within the van by placing both his baseball cap and his eyeglass case over the lens,” said Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight at Buckley’s arraignment at Chelsea District Court.

But his attempt at hiding didn’t work and during a routine review of the video, a company employee saw what happened and told the bosses.

The company reported the incidents.

More tapes were then watched and that uncovered more assaults against the women.

Buckley’s attorney, Frank Fernandez, says he has no history of mental illness or sexual abuse.

Buckley worked for the MBTA before joining MassTran, a transportation company based in Danvers.

Prosecutors say Buckley has admitted to the crime and has been fired from his job.

He is currently being held on $1,000 bail.

MassTran had no comment.

Buckley worked for the company since April 2012. He’ll be back in court January 3.


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