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NYC Bus Driver Charged With Tying Up Girl

April 13, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A school bus driver was charged with using electrical tape and seat belts to tie down a 7-year-old girl he claimed was acting up, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Edwidge Jean, 52, of Brooklyn, was arraigned Tuesday night and released on his own recognizance. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Jean picked up the girl from a Queens school on April 4, then used two seats belts to strap her to her seat and tape to tie her wrists during the ride to her home, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Jean told authorities the girl was being unruly, Brown said.

Prosecutors did not say if anyone else was on the bus or if the girl was hurt.

It was not immediately clear if Jean had an attorney. No listed telephone number for him could be found.

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