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Cumberland Co. bus driver faces child sex abuse charges

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Stanley Richwine, 61, of Mechanicsburg is facing several felony charges including 8 counts of rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

"He made a full confession and confirmed exactly what the victim said was going on," said Detective Sgt. Tom Kauffman, Upper Allen Township Police Department.

Richwine was employed as a bus driver for the Cumberland Valley School District by Kauffman Bus and was also employed by the district as a security officer at after school events.

"We were very concerned about that as well. That is something we covered in the in depth conversation that we had with him and we have no reason to believe that he sought out any children by nature of how he was employed," said Detective Kauffman

Richwine was employed with Kauffman bus since March of 2012.

"He passed all background checks. As soon as we learned of the investigation he was removed from his bus route. He is no longer employed with Kauffman Bus," said Jason Petroff, spokesman Kauffman Bus.

Cumberland Valley School District says they did not release information of the ongoing investigation into Richwine at the request of law enforcement.

"Cumberland Valley School District has been cooperating fully with an ongoing police investigation regarding an individual who is charged with inappropriate contact with a minor. Upon learning of the investigation, the individual was immediately placed on leave and since that time has not been present on our school grounds. All district personnel - full time, part time, and supplemental employees - and bus drivers must undergo a background check and provide clearances. Required clearances include Child Abuse History Clearance, Criminal Background Check, and FBI Fingerprint Clearance. The district has on file all of the appropriate clearances for the individual. Please remain confident that the district takes seriously any allegations that may hinder the safety of our students and we have in place many policies and procedures to ensure their well-being," Tracy Panzer, Communications Specialist Cumberland Valley School District.

Police say Richwine had one victim and did not have access to that child through his employment with Kauffman Bus or the Cumberland Valley School District.

Richwine is in Cumberland County Prison on $500,000.00 bail.

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