HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A school bus driver for the township school district was arrested after inappropriately touching a student on a bus he was driving, police said Friday afternoon.
Kyle McArdle, 22, of Mays Landing, is facing charges of second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child after the school district told police they had received a report of inappropriate behavior by the bus driver, the Township of Hamilton Police Department said in a news release. The incident happened Thursday, police said.
According to a statement from Hamilton Township Superintendent Frank Vogel on Friday, the district notified township police Thursday of “concerning behavior” by McArdle.
“This matter was quickly and thoroughly investigated by detectives from both the township of Hamilton Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office,” reads the statement, which was also sent to parents in the district. “The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to the Hamilton Township School District.”
The township school district contracts with Sheppard Bus Service of Millville for transportation services. An employee in the main Millville office Friday declined to give his name but said the company had no comment. He did not confirm whether McArdle was an employee.
McArdle was taken to the Atlantic County jail pending a court hearing.
— Staff Writers John DeRosier and Claire Lowe