Bus driver accused of holding girl, 12, against her will on bus

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - A substitute bus driver and bus mechanic in Alief ISD is accused of holding a student against her will on a bus.

Carlos Guzman is charged with unlawful restraint. Court documents showed that on May 5, Guzman held a 12-year-old girl against her will. The girl told investigators that she missed her bus stop and asked Guzman to take her home.  She said he agreed. 

First, she says the driver stopped and put tape over the on-board cameras claiming he did not want to get in trouble for going the wrong way.

In the court documents, the 12-year-old girl says Guzman, 44, then sat down next to her on the bus and started rubbing her lower leg. She told investigators she was uncomfortable and that she put her backpack and violin between her and the driver. She said he told her that he really liked her and although she was only 12, they could be together.

The girl says she again asked him to take her home. She says he asked for a hug and that they hugged.

According to the girl, she tried to push Guzman away, but he then kissed her on the neck. She says he then kept her on the bus for about 20 minutes, told her not to tell anyone and then finally let her go.

Investigators say they checked and found the cameras had been covered and the audio recording was disabled.

Alief ISD administrators say they started investigating as soon as a complaint was filed. A spokesperson says the district removed Guzman from all duties when it found out about the allegations and quickly proceeded with termination hearings.

Guzman is being held in the Harris County Jail on $30,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in court again Thursday.

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