School bus driver competent to stand trial for sexual abuse of 8-year-old Mississippi girl

Published 9:00 am Monday, October 7, 2019

Doctors say a Mississippi school bus driver is mentally competent enough to stand trial on charges including the sexual battery of a second grader.

The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports doctors testified last week that 69-year-old Sergio Sandoval is fit for trial. Judge Kathy King Jackson has yet to issue her ruling on the matter. Sandoval is accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl while she rode his bus in 2014.

The longtime Ocean Springs driver first stood trial in the case on charges of sexual battery and molestation in 2017.

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That ended in a mistrial after his attorney said Sandoval fainted and was hospitalized.

Doctors said his illness was stress-related, and Sandoval was ordered to be mentally evaluated.