$100K Bond For Ex-Bus Driver Charged With Raping Disabled Woman

CHICAGO (STMW) – Bond has been set at $100,000 for a former Pace bus driver who, after befriending a passenger who suffered from a disabling brain injury, allegedly raped her at her Northwest Side home last fall.

Samuel Rivera, 43, was charged Thursday night with one count of criminal sexual assault, police said. At a hearing on Friday, bond was set at $100,000, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The attack occurred Nov. 27, 2010, when Rivera allegedly went to the victim’s home on the Northwest Side and sexually assaulted her, knowing she did not have the mental capacity to consent, according to a police report.

Rivera had befriended the woman, a brain injury patient whom he drove by Pace bus to the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse in the 300 block of North Elizabeth Street, according to the report.

Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said Rivera was an employee of MV Transportation, which was contracted by Pace. He was pulled from service on Nov. 27 following a complaint and has not worked for Pace since, he said.

Police were called to the Elizabeth Street address on Dec. 1 and notified of the rape. Rivera was arrested at 9 a.m. Wednesday at his home.

His next court date is scheduled for Monday at the Cook County Courthouse at 26th and California, according to the sheriff’s office.

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  • Justice!!!

    Start making an example out of these criminals by putting a bullet in their heads as soon as the gavel drops!!! Bullets are much cheaper then housing them for years in jail.

  • Moe ThePhotographer

    So he really wasn’t a PACE bus driver as the Sun Times claims but was a driver for MV Transportation which is CONTRACTED by PACE. I see a lawsuit against the Sun Times by PACE over this.

  • old vet

    is cbs and the suntimes being racial ? seems like all they report are minorities ?

    • Bill T.

      Unfortunately,they are the ones commiting the crimes.It has absolutely nothing to do with discrimination.

  • Border Patrol

    The Sun-Times is not racial. Wake up, this country is loaded with Hispanics both legal and illegal. It only stands to reason that this is the majority in this country anymore. So crime is crime and it just so happens the Hispanics are being reported more for their crimes. Just look at the paper sometimed of how many Hispanic men are reported to have sexuallyed assaulted their family members, including the children and strangers. Where is their moral code? This country needs to take a stand like Austrailia did. This is America, assimilate into our culture and learn to speak English or get out! Our politicians are a bunch of wimps who couldn’t come up with an independent thought if they had to. It is time to take back our country!

    • Bill T.

      Very well put.I just don’t get why everyone doesn’t get it.



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