New York School Bus Driver Charged with Public Lewdness and Endangering Children

Robert Bertart, 60, of Orangetown, N.Y., is charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a minor, both misdemeanors. (Photo: Submitted via The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News)
Robert Bertart, 60, of Orangetown, N.Y., is charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a minor, both misdemeanors.
(Photo: Submitted via The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News)

A school bus driver in suburban New York is accused of masturbating behind the wheel while driving a student to his classes, Ramapo, N.Y., police said Thursday.

Police charged Robert Bertart, 60, of Orangetown, N.Y., with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bertart never touched the 14-year-old boy or spoke to him, and may not have realized the 9th-grader was still on the bus, Ramapo Police Detective Lt. Mark Emma said.

The student saw the driver’s activities through the large mirror the driver uses to look at students on the bus, Emma said.

“The mirror is angled for the driver to see the passengers,” Emma said. “It just so happens from the kid’s vantage point, the mirror happened to be angled to the driver’s lap.”

The bus was near the school when the student observed the driver’s activity, Emma said. After being dropped off at school, the student told school officials and his parents what he had seen.

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Source: USA Today | Steve Lieberman, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News

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