Cops: Delco bus driver tried to kidnap girl

Posted: January 23, 2013

THE PENN-DELCO School District says on its website that it hires "skilled, dedicated bus drivers" that "take transporting your children very seriously."

Gregory Cornell appears to be the exception.

Cornell, 37, a bus driver for the district, was arrested for allegedly trying to abduct a 10-year-old girl in Upland Borough on Sunday, cops said. He was arrested with 154 bags of heroin, a bag of crack and an inflatable "Position Master" sex toy in his car.

Police said Cornell, of Chester, was driving his Infiniti on 9th Street when he got out and chased the girl, who had walked to a friend's house with her scooter. Cornell allegedly chased her for about 50 to 75 yards. She escaped by hiding in a back yard, police said.

The school district's solicitor said in a statement Monday that Cornell has been relieved of duty and a substitute driver would be assigned to his route. "As always, the Penn-Delco School District will keep the safety and security of our students as its primary concern," the statement said.

The district, which covers Aston Township and Brookhaven and Parkside boroughs, has made its fair share of headlines in recent years.

John Green, the former school board vice president, was convicted last year of stealing $21,000 from the Sportsters Club at Sun Valley High School and $35,000 from a former employer. He'd previously pleaded no contest to engaging in a felony conflict of interest while on the school board.

Former Penn-Delco board president Keith Crego and former superintendent Leslye Abrutyn were also convicted of corruption charges. Crego, who resigned from the school board in 2006 amid a sex scandal involving another board member, pleaded guilty to racketeering, witness intimidation, possession of steroids and other crimes.

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