From: Traci Steele on

Mamaroneck Union Free School District bus driver Jorge D. Hernandez—who
was arrested May 27 for allegedly molesting a child younger than 11 more
than nine years ago—appeared in court today to contest his bail.

Hernandez was arraigned on May 28, and his bail was set at $250,000.

"Mr. Hernandez is a 20 year resident of Mamaroneck, and worked for three
years as a town employee," said Robert Schuster, Hernandez's attorney,
today in court to Judge Richard Lanza. "These allegations are terribly
old, and Mr. Hernandez is not a threat to anybody in the community."

Schuster also informed Judge Lanza that Hernandez's first cousin and a
longtime friend from Mamaroneck were present in court and supportive.

The prosecuting attorney argued Hernandez's bail should not be lowered
because Hernandez has been recorded on tape as saying he has no reason
to stay in the country and insinuated he may flee.

Schuster responded by noting although Hernandez is from Uruguay, he has
a 12-year-old son in Mamaroneck.

"He's not going anywhere," Schuster said.

Judge Lanza lowered Hernandez's bail to $100,000 cash or $150,000 bond
under the condition he surrender his passport. Hernandez—who is an
American citizen—complied.

Hernandez will next appear in county court. A date has not yet been set.