Ex-Hen­rico bus driver faces 26 new charges

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - METRO2 - BY SEAN GOR­MAN sgor­man@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6885

A for­mer Hen­rico County bus driver was in­dicted Mon­day on 26 new charges ac­cus­ing him of pos­ses­sion and re­pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy as well as dis­tribut­ing drugs to mi­nors.

Prior to Mon­day’s grand jury in­dict­ments, An­thony Phillip Man­cuso was al­ready fac­ing nine other charges — in­clud­ing three counts ac­cus­ing him of con­sen­sual sex with a mi­nor at least 15 years old, four counts of dis­tribut­ing drugs to a mi­nor, and two counts of giv­ing a mi­nor a tat­too with­out parental con­sent.

The grand jury in­dict­ments charge Man­cuso, 39, with six ad­di­tional counts of dis­tribut­ing drugs to mi­nors, five charges of re­pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, and 15 charges of pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy, said Su­san L. Par­rish, an as­sis­tant com­mon­wealth’s at­tor­ney for Hen­rico.

Par­rish said the child pornog­ra­phy charges are con­nected to ma­te­ri­als in­ves­ti­ga­tors found on com­puter disks.

“Our ev­i­dence will show they (the com­puter disks) be­long to him,” she said.

Par­rish noted there is no ev­i­dence that Man­cuso was pro­duc­ing pornog­ra­phy him­self.

In a May search war­rant filed in Man­cuso’s case, po­lice said the de­fen­dant would take mi­nors to his home, where the youths would al­legedly take drugs and have group sex.

The af­fi­davit did not list the ad­dress where the al­leged sex­ual en­coun­ters oc­curred, but other court doc­u­ments listed a home in the 5000 block of Mered­ith Woods Road as Man­cuso’s res­i­dence.

Po­lice said in court pa­pers that they be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in April af­ter a teenage girl told her mother she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted and be­gun to use heroin. The girl said she had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with Man­cuso and that he had in­jected her with heroin, po­lice said in their af­fi­davit.

Andy Jenks, a spokesman for Hen­rico pub­lic schools, has said Man­cuso started as a bus driver with the school sys­tem in Jan­uary 2011 and that he was changed to a sub­sti­tute driver in March 2016. Man­cuso has not worked for the district since then, Jenks said.

Man­cuso’s next court ap­pear­ance in the case is on Wed­nes­day.


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