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Taxi Driver charged with child molestation

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The case of a taxi driver, who allegedly fondled a 10-year-old girl while driving her to school, has been bound over to Clayton County Superior Court, according to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a Magistrate Court judge found probable cause to bind over charges against David Alvarado Perez, Lawson said.

According to a Clayton County Police report, Perez is a driver for Express Car Services, located at 6716 Tara Blvd. He is charged with child molestation, sexual battery, and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to court records.

The girl's mother, the police report said, specifically requested Perez's cab to drive her daughter to Kilpatrick Elementary School on Sept. 16, because she was familiar with him.

"The victim's mother stated that she has seen the suspect in the past, because he would come and pick her up to take her to work and take her children to school," the police report said. The child's mother, according to the report, said she had her daughter ride by herself the day of the incident, because she has a newborn child, and did not have enough money for both of them to ride.

The juvenile told police that she had recently been suspended from riding the school bus for two days, so had to take a cab, the police report said. She told police that she got into the back seat of the taxi, but as the car was about to exit her apartment complex, Perez asked her to sit in the front seat.

The girl said Perez touched her on certain parts of her body and tried to reach into her shirt and her pants, the police report said.

"During this time, she was yelling at the suspect, telling him to stop the van and let her out, and he refused," the report sad. "She unbuckled her seatbelt, grabbed her items and jumped out of the vehicle, which was still in motion ... and when she looked back, the suspect winked at her and drove off," police said in the report.

At some point, Perez put a one-dollar bill in the juvenile's pocket before she got out of the vehicle, according to the report.

Police later located Perez and arrested him. He was issued a $35,000 bond on Sept. 17, according to court records.