ELLSWORTH — A school bus driver from Deer Isle has been charged with two counts of gross sexual assault for allegedly molesting a young relative in 2000 and 2004.
Larry Bunt, 52, was arrested Dec. 5 by Maine State Police Detective Jay Pelletier at Deer Isle-Stonington High School in Deer Isle, according to Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Bunt was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 surety. He later was transferred to the Washington County Jail in Machias where, as of Thursday afternoon, he remained in custody.
Court documents filed Dec. 7 show the alleged abuse came to light on Dec. 4, when the girl disclosed Bunt’s behavior to Detective Jennifer Fiske. She told the detective the incidents took place in Sedgwick and at two different homes in Deer Isle and occurred “about every other week.”
The next day, in a call recorded by police, the girl spoke with Bunt, telling him she was having issues because of the abuse and asking him if she should seek counseling. Bunt reportedly replied that, if she did seek counseling, he would “end up in jail.”
Later that day, Pelletier met with Bunt, who waived his Miranda rights. During the subsequent interview, Bunt confessed he had molested the girl on at least three occasions.
Bunt is scheduled to be Hancock County Superior Count on Dec. 21 for a status conference.
Gross sexual assault is a Class A crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.