The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

January 5, 2013

Fayette County bus driver is charged with sexual assault

OAK HILL — A Fayette County school bus driver has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual abuse of a teenage girl, according to police.

Steven “Rick” Malay, 54, was arraigned on Thursday before a magistrate and released on bond.

He is charged with two counts of third degree sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse by a person of trust, according to Sgt. Greg Duckworth of the West Virginia State Police.

The alleged victim is a 14-year-old girl in the Fayette County Schools system.

Fayette County Schools has “taken appropriate disciplinary action” toward Malay and he is not currently at work, according to county Superintendent Keith Butcher.

“I’m assuring everybody that Fayette County Schools takes the educational code of conduct very seriously,” said Butcher. “We always train on the conduct and make sure our employees are aware of appropriate professional behavior. Safety is our primary concern.”

Butcher said his office was informed by the Fayette County magistrate of the filing of the charges.

He said he could not comment any further on the ongoing investigation.

The investigating officer is Sgt. C.A. Light with the Oak Hill detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

— E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com

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