Bus driver accused of raping mentally-handicapped student

Donald Bordelon (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish School Board)
Donald Bordelon (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish School Board)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A school bus driver is accused of rape involving a mentally-handicapped student.

Records from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison showed Donald Bordelon, 61, of Zachary was booked on aggravated rape charges Friday.

Hundreds of East Baton Rouge Parish School bus drivers are trusted with transporting innocent children every day. Veteran bus driver, Pam Templet, says it is a job she has held proudly for 31 years. Templet was stunned to learn bus driver, 61 year old Bordelon was arrested for allegedly raping a student.

"It totally shocked me. It did. It floored me that someone who was around children could actually do something like that and a child," Pam Templet said.

According to the police report by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, "the victim could describe that she and the defendant engaged in oral sexual intercourse, and that the accused gave her a cell phone and candy."

The 18 year old Woodlawn High School student, who is classified as mentally handicapped, told the detective, Bordelon would pick her up early for school, drive her to Cypress Mounds Park and have her perform oral sex on him. The report states she claims it happened on the bus six times.

The document says, "The defendant stated he gave the victim a cell phone and candy... that he picked the victim up early for school approximately ten times... that he and the victim did engage in oral sexual intercourse but it did not occur on the bus."

"Before school started? I don't even see how that is possible," Templet said.

A spokesman for the school system tells 9News East Baton Rouge has installed surveillance cameras on 200 of its 650 busses. He says the bus Bordelon was assigned is not one of them.

Bordelon is in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $250,000 bond.

The school system says Bordelon, who has been driving buses for East Baton Rouge Schools since October 2009, will be fired as soon as he is released.

A spokesman for the school system said in a written statement, "The East Baton Rouge Parish School System takes this matter seriously and we are cooperating fully with the sheriff's office as they continue their investigation."

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.