News Feature

Ellsworth
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 25, 2013
Former Deer Isle bus driver pleads not guilty

by Jessica Brophy

Earlier this month, the charges against former school bus driver and Deer Isle resident Larry Bunt were increased 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.

On Thursday, April 18, Bunt pleaded not guilty to the charges according to court documents. A trial is expected to begin in July. Both the defense and prosecution have 45 days from April 18 to file any motions.

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.

On January 22, 2013, 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.