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Plymouth man who worked as bus monitor charged with sex crimes involving minor

NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A man who worked as a bus monitor for the Plymouth-Canton school district is facing sex crime charges involving a minor. 

Northville police arrested Rocky Perillo, 47, Wednesday on charges of first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13. 

Perillo was employed by Durham School Services for the district, but police said the crimes do not involve any student in the district. 

Plymouth Township police are also investigating a separate case where Perillo is accused of assaulting someone while he was a home health care provider. 

Statement from school district and Durham School Services:

 Together Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and Durham School Services put the safety of our students at the forefront of everything we do. We are cooperating with local law enforcement as they investigate the allegations.

Safety is our top priority, and we will continue to keep that as our focus across all areas of our business. We would like to reassure P-CCS parents and members in the community that we have a stringent hiring process for bus drivers and monitors. There are many steps taken before employment, this includes drug and alcohol testing and a criminal background check. Monitors and drivers are also fingerprinted which is sent to the State police who forward the information to the District.

The employee involved, who worked as a special needs bus monitor, has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation is not related to the person's employment with Durham School Services, and the charges are not in relation to students of or affiliated with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The alleged incidents were not reported until after the employee was hired by Durham and therefore did not show up on his background check. Anyone with questions related to these investigations is asked to contact the Northville Township Police Detective Bureau.

Our common mission is getting students to school safely, on time, and ready to learn.   

Nick Brandon, Director of Communications for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools