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GENEVA, Ohio—An Ashtabula Area City Schools bus driver has been indicted for sex crimes involving young girls and police say the bus driver was a relative of the alleged victims.

Virgil Murphy Jr., 56, of Geneva, was charged last week with more than a dozen sex crimes including multiple counts of rape and gross sexual imposition.

Murphy Jr. is bus driver for the Ashtabula Area City Schools.

According to Geneva Police, from 2009 to 2010, Murphy had sexual contact with three females under the age of 14. Police say most of the alleged incidents took place at Murphy Jr.'s family home in Geneva.

The superintendent of the Ashtabula Area City Schools, Joseph Donatone, did not want to speak on camera with Fox 8 News about Murphy Jr.'s arrest, but did say he had been employed by the district since 2005. Donatone also said none of the alleged incidents took place on school property

Murphy Jr. remains free on a $50,000 bond posted Friday. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.