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Driver, girl shared naked photos on school bus, Mahwah police charge

Photo Credit: Courtesy MAHWAH PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 41-year-old bus driver and 12-year-old girl he transported to and from a Mahwah private school showed naked photos of themselves to one another while alone on the bus, Police Chief James Batelli said this afternoon in announcing the Paterson man’s arrest on sexual assault charges.

Eddie Toste-Sanchez, who drove for the Sussex/Wantage School District while working for FSZ Transportation, was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail after being taken into custody at the school late yesterday, Batelli said.

“Recently, the student’s mother voiced her concerns to a school therapist regarding [their] relationship,” he said, “which advanced to a friendship via Facebook.”

A staff member then told Sgt. Brendan Mullin and Officer Richard Allen that the girl disclosed a “growing, loving relationship,” including him “showing her photogoraphs of his genitalia and [her showing] him photographs of her naked, as well,” the chief said.

Tostel-Sanchez admitted to detectives at headquarters “that he showed the victim photographs of his genitalia and that he looked at nude photographs of her, as well,” he said.

He was then interviewed by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit, Batelli said.

Tostel-Sanchez and the girl’s mother consented to cellphone searches that produced the photos, he said.

Tostel-Shanchez is charged with sexual assault of a juvenile less than 13 years old and child endangerment — which was enhanced to a second-degree offense because of the supervisory nature of his job.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy MAHWAH PD

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