FORT PLAIN – A former Fort Plain school bus aide arrested in June on charges he sexually abused a child on a Fort Plain school bus pleaded guilty in the case Monday, Montgomery County District Attorney Lorraine Diamond said.
Thomas Yager, 68, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, Diamond said.
He admitted to subjecting a child less than 13 to sexual contact, Diamond said. He is to be sentenced in September to 2 to 7 years in state prison. He also faces a maximum term of post-release supervision of 10 years.
Yager was arrested in June in Montgomery County, after first being charged in Gloversville, officials said.
The Montgomery County charge against Yager followed another first-degree sexual abuse count filed against Yager by the Gloversville Police Department related to allegations on a Fort Plain school bus there. The status of Yager’s Fulton County case could not be determined Monday.
Diamond credited the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Gloversville Police Department and the New York State Police “for their tireless efforts in gathering evidence that led to the plea from Mr. Yager.”
Yager worked on a school bus that transported students for out-of-district placements, authorities have said.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation began May 23 when investigators received a sexual abuse complaint from the school district’s superintendent’s office, officials said.
The allegations were that a bus aide employed by the district was subjecting children under the age of 11 to sexual contact while riding on the bus, officials said.
The same type of complaint was made to Gloversville Police, resulting in the charge there, officials said.
Complaint in-hand, investigators from both agencies reviewed school bus surveillance video, interviewed children and interviewed other school employees and Yager, officials said.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials cited video surveillance and interview results with leading to Yager’s arrest.