Bus driver jailed for sex assault on disabled girl

Jeffrey Richardson. Picture: Comp

Jeffrey Richardson. Picture: Comp

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A school bus driver who sexually assaulted a disabled pupil in his care was jailed for nine months today.

Jeffrey Richardson got rid of the girl’s escort before driving his minibus down a narrow lane and kissing her.

Two men driving past on their way to work saw what they thought was a couple kissing intimately in the front of the minibus.

But when Richardson saw them he pushed the girl away and they noticed that she looked about seven or eight years old and was wearing a school jumper.

The men were sufficiently concerned that they called police.

The court heard earlier that the schoolgirl was 16-years-old but looked younger because she suffered from a chromosome deficiency called Smith-Magenis Syndrome.

The condition meant she was incapable of consenting to any sexual contact or of realising the possible repercussions from having sex.

Richardson, 47, of Whitburn earlier pled guilty to sexually assaulting the youngster in Broxburn, West Lothian, on October 31 last year.

His actions were branded a “gross abuse of trust” when he appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court.