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A Delaware County School District say they took all the appropriate precautionary methods before hiring Gregory Cornell as a bus driver. Cornell is accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl. NBC10's Harry Hairston reports.
A Delaware County bus driver was arrested and charged with trying to abduct a 10-year-old girl.
Gregory Cornell is a bus driver for the Penn-Delco School District.
The young victim told NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn that she knew something wasn't right when a man was staring at her inside his car and then started following her on Sunday afternoon.
"He got out of the car running and I just started running," said Khiyae Powell, victim. She tells NBC10 that she ran as fast as she could back home to tell her mom what happened.
Police say the young girl is lucky to be alive because of her quick instincts. Her detailed description of the man also led to his quick arrest.
Police say Cornell had 154 bags of heroin in his car, along with one bag of crack cocaine, nearly $1,000 in cash and an inflatable sex toy pillow.
The Superintendent of the Penn-Delco School District sent a message to parents and informed them that Cornell was suspended and relieved of duty.
District officials say that Cornell passed every background check and had no criminal record.
"The district didn't miss anything, his background check didn't reveal any criminal violation," said Penn-Delco School District attorney Michael Puppio.