September 04, 2015

School Van Driver Pleads To Case Involving Molestation Of Beaver Students

Earl Peacock / Beaver Countian file photo.

A school van driver accused of molesting two College Square Elementary School students has pleaded “no contest” to charges stemming from the incidents.

Earl C. Peacock, 55 of Beaver Falls, was facing multiple charges in the two cases including felony counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault, Unlawful Restraint, and Unlawful Contact With A Minor. Peacock, a former van driver for Ferguson Transportation in Brighton Township, has remained incarcerated since his arrest back in January.

A previous hearing for a plea agreement was cancelled late last month, after Peacock contested an effort to have his two sentences served consecutively (one after another), instead of concurrently (at the same time). Today’s plea agreement will see Peacock serve his sentences concurrently, leaving him incarcerated for 5 to 10 years.

“At the families’ requests, Mr. Peacock’s sentences will be served concurrently” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich. “The families wanted to spare their children the anguish of having to go through a court proceeding, where they would be forced to testify […] Regardless, he will be receiving the maximum sentences allowed by law.”

The two children, ages 7 and 8, both testified at a preliminary hearing held back in March. “I went to school, then the bus driver did bad things” said one of the girls at the time. She later added that she didn’t tell her parents about the incident at first because she “didn’t want to get in trouble.”

“Simply put, cases like this should not exist” said Peacock’s defense attorney Gerald Benyo. “On a regular basis in the Beaver County criminal courts, there are adult men and women who do not seem to comprehend that sexual contact with children is not permissible legally or morally, in any way shape or form.”

Peacock’s sentencing hearing will be held in 90 days, after undergoing a required assessment to determine if he should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

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Reader Comments


Guest
2 years 10 months ago

Earl will be 60-65 when released. The system is weak, Fergusons and the Beaver School District should be helf responsible for not having a more aggressive policy in place that includes better background checks, gps units and cameras on ALL vans and buses.

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

Beaver School District and Fergusons should be held accountable as well

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

He’s getting sentenced in 90 days. He got 5 to 10 years in state prison.

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

90 days…. are you kidding me? I hate the courts if that is all this guy is gonna get.

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River girl
2 years 10 months ago

Hope they get this sicko in prison.

Guest
2 years 10 months ago

The kernel lies in Benyo’s statement. This is the incomprehensible. This, here, is the story.

Guest
outraged132
2 years 8 months ago

We, us, you, all The ppl, should go to your senator, Fight to optain a stronger law, that will put these sex affenders away for life! Everyone Please help the Children!

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joe
2 years 4 months ago

it is important to remember that ferguson transportation did all the required background checks on the individual as did the beaver school district so how the hell do you say that the company or school should be held responsible for 1 persons actions? no company is able to control an individuals mind.

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Megan
8 months 11 days ago

They should do preemployment checks as well. I was a minor working with Earl in 2010-2011. I would’ve never let him around children!! Disusting this happened.. He was always sick !!

 

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