A Cape Cod school bus driver appeared in court Thursday, accused of inappropriately touching a female student.
Jeffrey Hyland, 80, of West Yarmouth, is charged with aggravated indecent assault and battery and reckless endangerment of a child.
Barnstable Police received a report of a school bus driver who inappropriately touched a female student on his bus Wednesday around 1:30 p.m., according to the Cape and Islands DA. After recovering evidence of the alleged incident, investigators say they were able to arrest Hyland and hold him on $5,000 bail overnight.
The court ordered he be released on personal recognizance with no cash bail, to stay away and have no contact with the victim, and that he be fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
“The Barnstable Public Schools prioritizes the safety of our students at all times and responds promptly to any report of this type of misconduct or abuse by an employee or contracted service provider,” said Barnstable Superintendent Sara Ahern in a statement.
In responding to allegations, Superintendent Ahern says the District puts immediate measures in place to bring a sense of safety which includes removing the employee from the environment and launching an immediate investigation.
Barnstable Police say they will continue with their investigation regarding the allegations.
The school district is fully cooperating with the investigation, as is their bus contractor.
Hyland is due back in court on December 7 for a probable cause hearing.
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