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Rochester, N.Y. --- A school bus monitor accused of sexually abusing a 9 year-old girl was caught in the act by the bus driver according to court documents.
Robert Hoff, 61 of Rochester, is facing charges of first degree sexual abuse. He was employed as a bus monitor for Monroe School Transportation for about two-and-a-half years before his termination last Thursday following this investigation.
Hoff was a one-on-one aide for a young girl who suffered from a severe form of autism that prevented her from speaking, according to court documents and the President for Monroe School Transportation.
In those court papers the bus driver tells police that she was suspicious of Hoff's interactions with the girl and that last Wednesday she decided that she "would turn (her) rear view mirror down so that (she) could see both (victim) and Rob."
The bus driver goes on to explain to police how she "looked in the mirror and (sic) saw that Rob's left hand (was) in (victim's) lap, between her thighs."
She later said she witnessed Hoff touching the girl's breasts as well.
"As soon as I saw this I yelled at Rob and told him that he was touching her inappropriately and to stop. Rob stopped and I told him that I saw him and that I didn't like what he was doing and all Rob said was 'yeah...you are right.'"
The bus driver also told police that she went home after confronting Hoff but returned to work the next day and told a co-worker who involved the company's security officer and police.
The President for Monroe School Transportation, David Bonacchi, told 13WHAM News that Hoff passed a comprehensive background check and had no prior incidents or arrests in his past before he was hired.
Hoff was due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing that was adjourned until Wednesday.