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School bus driver from Marlboro charged with raping child

A Marlboro man who had been working as a college bus driver is being accused of raping a child, the Middlesex District Attorney’s workplace stated Friday.

Derek Thistle, 32, is dealing with fees after allegedly exposing himself to an underage boy whereas on Facetime in July 2023, the DA’s workplace says. The sufferer’s aunt additionally allegedly noticed the decision. After the incident, the sufferer stated that Thistle had sexually assaulted him whereas the boy was at this house a number of months earlier.

Thistle was employed by NRT, the district’s transportation supplier and was not an worker of the general public faculties, Marlboro college superintendent Mary Murphy instructed Boston 25 News.

Murphy says Thistle drove routes in Marlboro from 2018 by way of 2022 and handed all state and background checks. There isn’t any indication the costs concerned a child attending Marlboro Public Schools or any college employee.

“The safety of those in our case is our main focus at all times, so we will be reviewing our transportation safety protocols and meeting with NRT to make sure all students have the highest level of protection possible,” Murphy stated.

Thistle was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court Friday and bail was set at $10,000 below the situations that he keep away from and haven’t any contact with the sufferer and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Thistle is charged with forcible rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child below 14 and open and gross lewdness in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting a male child who was identified to him.

He is subsequent scheduled to seem in courtroom on May 17.

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