Montgomery transit bus driver accused of inappropriately touching woman

January 22, 2014

A Montgomery County transit bus driver was charged with two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, police said Wednesday, for allegedly inviting a woman into his parked bus to escape the cold and then inappropriately touching her.

Rigoberto Adonay Galindo Lemus, 47, of Buehler Court, Olney, was arrested and released on his own recognizance earlier this month, according to police. Authorities say that on Dec. 12, the victim had been walking along Somerville Drive near the Shady Grove Metro station when she passed an out-of-service Ride On bus. The driver, Lemus, spoke to her and invited her on to the bus to stay warm, police said. The victim boarded the bus.

Once inside, police said, she and driver kept talking and driver “inappropriately touched her,” police said. “The victim then left the bus and, while exiting, Lemus again inappropriately touched her.”

Lemus also was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, police said.

Court records list the suspect’s attorney as David E. Grover, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.
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