MetroAccess driver charged with raping disabled passenger

In this WTOP file photo, a MetroAccess van is shown. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON — A van driver was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled passenger aboard a MetroAccess vehicle Monday afternoon in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Deymon Levarne Childs, 40, of Suitland, now faces several charges including second-degree rape, second-degree assault and third-degree sex offense.

The passenger, an adult female, told Metro Transit Police that Childs picked her up as schedule in Prince George’s County but made an unscheduled stop, where he forced himself on to her as she sat in the back of the van.

The vehicle was parked along Brightseat Road during the time of the incident, police say.

The victim received care at a hospital and has been released.

The van has since been processed by Metro Transit Police’s crime scene technicians for available evidence.

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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