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School Bus Driver Charged With Child Sexual Abuse

SCRANTON — A bus driver for the Scranton School District is behind bars tonight accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy for almost a decade.

Scranton Police said they have strong evidence to suggest he’s abused other boys too.

The bus driver, Pat Cahill of Scranton, has worked for the private school bus company DeNaples Transportation since 2011. Scranton Police are trying to identify other potential victims, but they said they don’t think Cahill had any inappropriate contact with the children he drove to and from school.

This all came to light when a now 27-year-old man came forward saying he had a nine-year sexual relationship with Cahill when he was a teen.

The alleged victim told police Pat Cahill first molested him in 1999 when he was only 12. He said it happened at an apartment house on Cedar Avenue in south Scranton. He said the alleged abuse continued for nine more years.

Scranton Police charged Pat Cahill with child sex abuse charges Tuesday night. He is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child.

“At this point, all the charges involve one victim. Obviously with Mr. Cahill’s current employment as a bus driver, the investigation will continue to see if there are any other victims out there,” said Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McCambridge.

Though investigators said the abuse of this victim stopped in 2008, Scranton Police have strong evidence that Cahill continued abusing boys. But, not children he met on his bus route.

Cahill drives a school bus for students at All Saints Academy in Scranton, and West Scranton Intermediate School.

He worked at DeNaples Transportation, a private company in west Scranton that contracts with the Scranton School District. Bus company officials wouldn’t talk on camera with Newswatch 16 but said Cahill passed all necessary background checks and took required child abuse prevention classes.

That was the most unsettling part of the story for parents Newswatch 16 met picking up kids at west Scranton intermediate.

“To fall through the cracks like that, I don’t understand, I just don’t, but I wouldn’t want my kids riding the bus,” said Jamie Petorak of Scranton.

Scranton School District Superintendent Bill King said, because of recent changes in child abuse laws, Pat Cahill is a mandated reporter of child abuse because he is a school bus driver. King said Cahill has been suspended without pay from the bus company.

Cahill is currently locked up in the Lackawanna County prison on $20,000 bail.

19 comments

  • Dennis

    To Sundown and Bill– help me to understand where in this story it is mentioned that he is a Christian. I saw nothing in this piece that mentions his beliefs. For all we know he could believe in anything or even nothing which I strongly suspect is the case here.

  • COCO

    Every one of us are sinners against God. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Everyone who hates his brother is a murder, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. Judge not, that you not be judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will measured to you. Why do you see the speck in your brothers eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother,’ let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to tkae the speck out of your brothers eye. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

    • Sundown

      Don’t confuse judgment with justice! The bible never said anything about pandering to criminals and perverts, if it were your kid, how would you feel? If we weren’t expected to judge at all by God there wouldn’t be courts, prisons, juries, or hell. Do not judge was ALL about don’t judge that person for smoking or rock music while one is engaging in child molesting!

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  • Susan

    How did this pedophile still get a job driving buses when back in the sschool year of 2010 – 2011 I called Riverside school district and reported him for verbal inappropriate behavior with my daughter and other kids on the bus she also told me he did pay a lot of attention to the boys and giving them money. Investigation was done and he was fired so how the hell did he get another school bus Driving job?????

  • Timothy Simmons

    20,000 bail means he just has to front 2k and hes back out on the streets right?

    why are crimes that harm and victimize people, always low bail, but then bail is like 100k+ for someone caught growing marijuana?

  • Kelly

    This slim ball has been abusing young boys for years, but no one had the guts to report him…. His abuse goes all the way back to the 70’s….

    • Sundown

      What I don’t get is why someone wouldn’t have the guts to report him?!?!?! imagine being married to such a thing? it would good-bye “thing!” Then just goodbye! lol!

    • Sundown

      Ancient Greece, Rome, Sodom, Gomorrah, and prob even before that! People had finally said wait a minute, this ain’t right! In more modern times it took people to wake up and stop hiding family members and friends protecting THEM instead of the victims! How often did/does this go on in families for YEARS? Now when people finally wake-up we have the media to bring it to light thru TV, Radio, the internet..

  • Sundown

    Bill, it’s not about his fake Christianity, it’s about someone claiming to love and fear God and being fake about it..the BTK killer was a “Christian” too…

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