HOUSTON -- A former Alief ISD bus driver is in big trouble after police say he held a 12-year-old girl captive on board a school bus in southwest Houston.
Court documents allege that Carlos Guzman put tape over the lenses of the cameras on board the bus.
According to police, the girl missed her normal bus stop on the way home on May 5 and intended to get off at her friend’s stop. However, the girl reportedly changed her mind.
Police said Guzman kept driving when she asked to be brought to her normal stop.
Investigators said Guzman put white tape over the front and rear cameras, which prevented video and audio from recording.
He reportedly explained to the girl, “I came the wrong way, and don’t want to get in trouble.”
The 44-year-old then allegedly brought the bus to a stop and began to touch and rub the girl’s leg.
Documents show the girl tried to block Guzman’s alleged advances with her violin and backpack.
Guzman reportedly told her he “really liked her”. He also allegedly stated, “I know you’re only twelve but we could be together.”
“He’s a very respectful guy. He’s a friend of mine. He’s real nice,” said Alief ISD bus driver Brittany Jones. “That don’t sound right. I don’t think he would do something like that.”
Former co-workers told KHOU that Guzman worked part-time as a bus driver and mainly worked as a mechanic for the district.
Family members at Guzman’s home didn’t want to comment following news of his arrest. Neighbors said they were in disbelief.
“I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve never seen any indication that he had any kind of problems like that,” said neighbor Lonna Holder. “There’s kids in the neighborhood, and I have a granddaughter. It is disturbing.”
Guzman reportedly hugged the girl and kissed her on the neck before she could push him away.
Investigators said he finally drove the girl to her bus stop after being parked for about 20 minutes.
The girl told police that Guzman told her not to tell anyone what happened.
Guzman is in the Harris County Jail on a felony charge of unlawful restraint. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office says more charges could be coming.
Alief ISD told KHOU Guzman was fired as soon as the allegations were made.