Bus Driver Criminal Sex Charges 15 Feb 12

Criminal Sexual Conduct charges have been filed against a Cedar Mountain school bus driver. 63-year-old Loren Eisenbarth of Morgan, otherwise known as “Shorty,” made his first appearance in Redwood County Court on Monday for a 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving a minor under 13 as well as sexual contact. He was reportedly driving a school van route in Morgan in late January when he dropped the victim off about 20 minutes later than usual. The student then told a care provider about the alleged sexual contact and authorities were informed and Eisenbarth was taken into custody. His bail has been set at $225,000 without conditions and $175,000 with conditions, which include having no contact with children under 16. He’ll be back in court February 24th. Officials with the Cedar Mountain School District say that Eisenbarth was immediately removed as a driver as soon as the school learned of the allegations, and that student safety is their primary concern.