MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A school bus driver is under arrest, accused of sexual battery on a 7-year old girl.
The crime horrifies both parents and police alike.
“Never would you image when your child drives away that he or she would be in the hands of a sexual predator,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.
Yovahnis Roque and Michelle Munoz, who have a three-year-old son, spoke to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench at one of the schools that the driver delivers children to.
“That’s disgusting, truly disgusting,” said Roque. “I have a son and I think this is unthinkable.I can’t imagine this. It is pure evil.”
“I think it is disgraceful,” said Munoz. “That person should be taken away. I feel bad for the parents. They are hurting.”
Miami-Dade Police arrested Enrique Napoles, 44, on Friday. A judge ordered him to be held on no bond and to stay away from the child. Napoles has just one prior arrest, for petty theft, according to court records.
Prosecutors say if he’s convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
According to his arrest report, Napoles sexually assaulted the 7-year-old girl ten times using his hands to penetrate her private parts.
Napoles, according to the report, would pull the school bus over, close all the bus windows then place the paper towels on a seat at the back of the bus where at least one of incidents allegedly occurred.
Police say the child was battered that she started bleeding after one incident.
Police said Napoles admitted to being alone with the child but denied the sexual assault allegations.
Napoles is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Officers are asking parents to find out if their kids had any contact with Napoles.
“This specific bus driver worked for a private company that provided service to six different schools,” Det. Alvaro Zabaleta with Miami-Dade Police. “The parents in those schools need to know in case he made contact with them.”
Zabaleta identified those schools as: American Senior, Palm Springs North, Spanish Trace, Mater Academy,Lawton Chiles and Country Club.
“We want every parent to look at the images on the screen and talk to their children and see if they have had any problems during contact with the driver and if so, the parents need to talk to our investigators to determine if there are more victims out there,” said Zabaleta.
Anyone with information in the case or if you believe your child was victimized, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-Tips.
Police said the bus company is run from a home in Northwest Miami-Dade . No one was there when D’Oench knocked.
D’Oench also stopped at Napoles’ apartment in Northwest Miami-Dade but no one there wanted to speak.