For Immediate Release
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Incident: School Bus Driver Arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Location: Fifth Precinct, 125 Waverly Ave., Patchogue
Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at approximately 7 p.m.

 Suffolk County Police today arrested a Shirley man for endangering the welfare of a student who was riding on his school bus.


Joel Cedeno was driving a bus for Montauk Bus when he pulled over on Main Street in Patchogue on March 19 at 6:16 a.m. and asked a 15-year-old female student, who was the only passenger on the bus, for a hug. She offered a handshake and then Cedano kissed her.


The mother of the female reported the incident to the Patchogue-Medford School District where the female attends and school officials called police.


Following an investigation by Fifth Precinct Crime Section, Cedano, 62, of 174 Mastic Boulevard East, Shirley, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned on May 21.



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Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 19-164837
Suffolk County Police Department

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