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Private school bus driver charged with sex assault on 7-year old

Enrique Napoles
Enrique Napoles Miami-Dade Corrections Dept.

Enrique Napoles parked the private school bus he was driving on a swale in Northwest Miami-Dade, closed all the windows, lay paper towels on the back seat and then, police say, repeatedly sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl until she bled.

On Friday, Miami-Dade police arrested Napoles, 44, and charged him with sexual battery on a minor. Police said the child — whose school was not named — told them Napoles committed the heinous act as many as 10 times

Napoles, who police said used baby wipes to clean blood from his victim, was booked into Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility and denied bond.

“We don’t know if there are other victims,” said Miami-Dade police detective Romelio Martinez. “But the lead detective believes there are likely to be other victims.”

Miami-Dade police didn’t disclose when the alleged assaults began but believe Napoles last assaulted the child on Monday between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Napoles admitted to police he was alone with the child on the bus but has denied the rape allegations.

Records show Napoles has a valid chauffeur’s license that allows him to drive a school bus. But those records also show a history of violations for not keeping his insurance up to date.

Police said Napoles worked for a private company that contracts bus service to six different schools, some public and others private. Most of the schools are elementary and middle. One is a high school. The schools that Napoles drove for include American Senior High, Lawton Chiles Middle School, Mater Academy charter school, Palm Springs North Elementary, Spanish Trace Elementary and Country Club Middle School.

Police said Napoles worked for a company called J&A bus service, which is run from a home at 8440 NW 170th Terr., in Palm Springs North. Calls to the home were not answered or returned Friday. It was not clear if Napoles has hired an attorney as of Friday but a local television station reporter who spoke with Napoles’ wife said she called the charges “ridiculous” because the family has three children.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Napoles has never been convicted of a crime in Florida. The lone blotch in his record is a petty theft charge in 2002 that was later dropped. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 305-471-8477.

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