GREENLAND, New Hampshire (WHDH) – A federal court has charged a school bus driver with interstate stalking and allegedly threatening an 8-year-old New Hampshire child, according to US Attorney Jane Young.
Police said Michael Chick, 39, was a school bus driver working for Greenland Central School in Greenland, New Hampshire. According to police, Chick allegedly threatened a child who attended Greenland Central School and the child’s family, who traveled from Maine to New Hampshire to make the threats.
Police arrested Chick Friday night at his home in Eliot, Maine.
The 8-year-old’s parents filed a criminal complaint with the Greenland Center, citing multiple issues with Chick. The complaint said her son and daughter’s bus driver, identified as Chick, had given them gifts including candy, Pokémon paraphernalia and other small toys in April. When the kids were absent from school, the parents said Chick would leave the kids notes at home that read, “How much he missed them.”
The complaint said that in May, Chick “stopped and asked if he could attend the boy’s little league baseball game.” The boy’s parents then contacted the school and called in the Greenland police and the school bus company.
The Student School Administration asked the bus company to reassign Chick to an alternative route. The complaint said Greenland police told Chick the next day that he could no longer have contact with the boy or his family.
In July, documents claimed someone found two TracFones in the boy’s bedroom. The kid admitted Chick had given him the phones in May.
Searching Chick’s car, investigators said they found a “TracFone, a digital camera, duct tape, rubber gloves, sweet (candy) liquor, candy, children’s clothing including underwear, children’s toys, a magnetic GPS vehicle tracker.” Investigators said they also executed a search warrant at Chick’s home.
In Chick’s bedroom, investigators found:
- A TracFone
- Two TracFone boxes
- Multiple surveillance cameras and tracking devices
- Large ziplock bags of children’s underwear
- Handwritten notes/instructions
According to police, the notes found in Chick’s room said. According to police, the notes found in Chick’s room said things like, “You saved yourself. Would have picked you up on Friday.” Investigators also said there were detailed instructions on how to take body selfies from different angles and instructions on how to keep a secret “so your family doesn’t get killed.”
Chick appeared in federal district court Tuesday afternoon with a hearing scheduled for August 18.
The New Hampshire United States Attorney’s Office is asking that anyone with information relevant to their investigation into Chick contact them at 603-722-1751.
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