Miami school bus driver accused of sexual assault of 7-year-old girl

The aggressor offered chips and mangoes to the minor in exchange for her not telling anyone what happened.

El acusado, Marcelo Ortega ©
The accused, Marcelo Ortega Photo ©

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A school bus driver in Miami was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl, authorities reported this Friday.

According to the arrest report, last Tuesday afternoonMarcelo Ortega, 67, parked the bus in the 2300 block of Southwest Seventh Street andHe kissed the victim and touched her inappropriately, in addition to showing her his private parts.

Officer Kenia Fallat, spokesperson for the Miami Police Department, said the victim told her sister what happened, who immediately contacted the owner of the bus.

The minor was taken to the University of Miami Child Protection Team and there she told the specialists in detail about the scene of abuse. The girl stated that the aggressor offered her fries and mangoes in exchange for her not telling anyone what happened.

According to the police report, when he lowered his pants in front of the minor, the subject told the girl:“This is what your dad looks like.”

On Thursday, detectives went to Marcelo Ortega's house, but the man refused to testify until a lawyer was present.

The subject - who is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center - was arrested forcharges of lewd sexual abuse of a minor, as well as two counts of lewd conduct toward a minor and lewd exposure to a minor.

The judge denied him bail when he read the disturbing police report.

Ortega's neighbors and some of his friends toldlocal media that the man said he had quit his job after arguing with the owner of the bus company where he worked.

Police are waiting for other possible victims to come forward.

“This was a very clever girl, she came forward. We don't know how many other times he could have done this and the time for someone to come forward is right now," the authorities stressed.

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