SANTA FE — A school bus driver accused of raping a young girl on his school bus will remain in jail until his trial.
Stephen George Meek, 66, faces one count each of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense, enticement of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He allegedly raped a 7-year-old girl on his school bus on May 8 after pulling over on U.S. 84 near “TA Hill.” The girl was the last student on the bus after Meek had dropped off other students after school. She later told her grandparents that Meek had raped her.
A motorist who knows the girl’s family said she saw the driver stop along the road twice before the girl was delivered to her house, but the bus driver drove away both times after the motorist pulled up.
A press release from Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna said a judge ruled Monday that Meek will remain in jail pending trial.
“I remain laser focused on keeping New Mexico’s children safe from violent, sexual predators, and today we kept an accused child rapist behind bars,” Serna said in a written statement.