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O.C. school bus driver charged in child molestation

January 19, 2012 |  9:20 pm

Shane Norman Crawford
An Orange County school bus driver is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges that he molested an underage boy and two young girls, including one who was 3 years old.

Shane Norman Crawford, 37, who lives in Laguna Hills, is accused of gaining access to the children by making friends with their families, the Orange County district attorney's office said Thursday.

Crawford  allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl in his bedroom on more than one occasion between Dec. 1 and Dec. 21, according to prosecutors.

He also is charged with inappropriately touching the 3-year-old girl and touching and cuddling a 13-year-old boy, the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Authorities launched an investigation after the 12-year-old girl told her grandmother that she had been molested. The grandmother contacted police.

The other cases were reported during the investigation. Crawford worked as driver for First Student Transportation, which provides transit services for different schools in Orange County, the district attorney's office said.

Crawford was being held in lieu of $1-million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning at the Central Jail in Santa Ana. He is charged with five felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement allegation for sexual crimes against multiple victims.

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Photo: Shane Norman Crawford. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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