News Feature

Ellsworth
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 11, 2013
Former Deer Isle bus driver’s charges changed

by Jessica Brophy

A grand jury upped the charges against former school bus driver and Deer Isle resident Larry Bunt on April 4, from two counts of gross sexual assault of a minor to five counts of gross sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14 and three counts of unlawful sexual contact.

All the charges are related to the same female minor, who was known personally by Bunt, and not through his duties as a bus driver.

Bunt is scheduled to appear for arraignment on April 18 at Hancock County Superior Court. There, he will be expected to enter a plea on the charges against him.

Bunt was arrested in early December, 2012. In an affidavit filed with Hancock County Superior Court, Bunt was accused of multiple counts of gross sexual assault over a period of time from 2000 to 2005. Bunt was accused of touching the girl and of having the girl touch him.

According to the affidavit, Bunt told Detective Jay Pelletier of the Maine State Police that he did engage in the alleged gross sexual assault, touching the alleged victim on at least three occasions at three different locations (once at a residence in Sedgwick and one time each at two separate residences on Deer Isle).

On January 22, 2012, Bunt was arrested again for violating conditions of his bail. According to an affidavit from the Maine State Police, a school resource officer for Bucksport High School reported a 14-year-old girl had received a “friend request” on Facebook from Bunt. Bunt was released on bail after the second arrest on January 23. The new bail conditions included no contact with the 14-year-old whom he tried to befriend on Facebook and no Internet access.