Ventura County School Bus Driver Accused of Molesting Teenage Girl

Local news
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
David Perez, 60, a bus driver for the Pleasant Valley School District, pictured in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office following his arrest on Feb. 10, 2020.
David Perez, 60, a bus driver for the Pleasant Valley School District, pictured in a photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest on Feb. 10, 2020.

Investigators arrested a bus driver for the Pleasant Valley School District in Ventura County Monday on suspicion of molesting a 15-year-old girl, officials said.

David Perez, 60, was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a minor and child molestation, according to Sgt. Ryan Clark of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies took Perez into custody about 7:15 a.m. when he arrived to work at a Pleasant Valley School District property, the sergeant said. The arrest was made prior to the arrival of any students at the facility.

The investigation began on Feb. 7, when deputies learned Perez “had taken steps to develop an inappropriate romantic relationship with a 15-year old girl,” Clark said in a written statement.

“The victim was not a student of Pleasant Valley School District and she was not associated with his employment as a bus driver,” he said. “At this time, there is no information suggesting that he attempted to victimize any children he met in association with his job.”

The school district was notified of the arrest and has placed Perez on leave, officials added.

Bail for Perez was set at $20,000 pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in Ventura County Superior Court, records show.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Sgt. Clark at 805-384-4721.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News

KTLA on Instagram

Instagram

KTLA on Facebook

KTLA on Twitter