A school bus driver has been arrested on allegations that he falsely imprisoned a 4-year-old girl last year and sexually abused a former girlfriend’s young daughter more than six years ago, Glendale police announced Wednesday.
Authorities launched an investigation last October into allegations that the 4-year-old girl may have had inappropriate contact with her school bus driver, according to a statement released by Glendale police.
Denis Alcazar, 34, of Los Angeles, has since been charged with false imprisonment involving that girl, who has special needs and has difficulty communicating, according to Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles.
The criminal complaint alleges that the crime occurred on or between last Aug. 16 and Oct. 4. Alcazar was working at the time as a school bus driver for the First Student Bus Company, and has worked more recently as a school bus driver for Brooks Transportation, according to police.
The other charge against Alcazar — continuous sexual abuse — allegedly occurred in Bell Gardens and involves an ex-girlfriend’s daughter who was 4 at the time, Suttles said. The criminal complaint alleges that crime occurred on or between September 2011 and March 2012, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Alcazar was arrested May 2 by Glendale police and has remained behind bars since then in lieu of $400,000 bail, according to jail records.
He has pleaded not guilty and is due back in a Pasadena courtroom June 15, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
Police urged any other possible victims to call detectives at (818) 548-3106.
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