East Greenwich parents on edge after learning their child's school bus monitor is arrested for possession of child porn. Concerned parents of students who rode the bus with the monitor came to James Eldridge Elementary school where a meeting was held for parents Monday afternoon.
We spoke to a mother who says her daughter was offered lollipops and gum by the monitor just a few weeks ago.
"She always told me what a friendly guy he was, and he gave her gum, and he was always telling jokes and she seemed to really like him she knew a lot about him and he knew a lot about her," explained an East Greenwich mom.
The mom says her 6th grade daughter told her a lot of stories about her bus monitor. She didn't want to identify herself, but tells ABC 6 she became uncomfortable with how friendly the bus monitor was towards her young daughter. Recently giving her a dog bone because he knew how much she liked dogs. So, when she found out a bus monitor named Scott Sanford had been arrested for possessing child pornography she went straight to her daughter.
"I said tell your bus monitors name, she said why, I said I want to know his name, and I want to know it now, and she told me his first name, and I kind of put two and two together and I was kind of hoping there was two bus monitors with the same first name, I was hoping it wasn't him," she explained.
But the moms worst fears were confirmed when she got an email from the superintendent. Sanford was one of 11 arrested in a state police sweep for internet crimes against children. He worked on bus number 2 employed by Ocean State Transit. He was let go after his arrest.
We went to Sanford's East Greenwich home looking for answers. A man who appeared to be Sanford wouldn't say much except for that we should contact his lawyer.
"It's way out of proportion, no can't talk right now we're under orders not to speak to anybody," he said.
Even with Sanford off the bus, The East Greenwich mom still doesn't feel safe putting her daughter back on one.
"She wants to go back to taking the bus, but I might do it for her so she gets a sense of normalcy, but I don't think I'll like it too much."
The mom says she asked her daughter if she'd been touched or photographed by the monitor, and she said no.
Most all of the arrested men have been released on personal recognizance including Sanford. They've been ordered to stay away from minors and have no access to internet.