UPDATED: Bus Driver Arrested on Additional Charge

Randy R. Mayer charged with additional felony count of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. Friday to include information from the criminal complaint.

Randy R. Mayer — the bus driver charged with inappropriately touching students on his route — is now back in custody after charges were filed for an additional student.

On Tuesday, police interviewed a 6-year-old student who . On Thursday, District Attorney Adam Gerol filed an additional felony charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, according to a press release from the .

Mayer, 225 S. Madison Ave., now is charged with four felony counts involving three children, and faces up to 240 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the mother of the 6-year-old recognized Mayer as her son's summer school bus driver. After hearing about the allegations, she asked her son if his bus driver had ever done anything to him.

The 6-year-old boy told his mother that Mayer had touched his privates; during interviews with law enforcement officials, the boy described a scenario

Mayer called the boy to sit in the "bad seat," an area next to the driver's seat of the bus and also referred to by Mayer as the "dog house." In one such incident, Mayer allegedly placed his hand on the boy's privates, palm down and in a right-to-left motion across the boy's shorts. The boy asked Mayer to "please stop," Mayer did, and the boy returned to his seat on the bus.

After that, the boy asked his mother to allow him not to ride the bus anymore, the complaint said.

The first three charges involved two boys, 9 and 10 years old, which took place between Oct. 1-13, 2011. The Port Washington Police Department interviewed 37 students about the allegations, said Police Chief Richard Thomas. Details from the criminal complaint .

Mayer last week, but now is back in custody pending the judge's decision about the possibility of bail after a hearing on Friday. He is expected to appear in court for a status conference at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

pwmom December 16, 2011 at 01:24 AM
i am very concerned about this situation my son also was on this bus and i did tell the school about things happening on the bus not the sexual things but the inappropiate driving they really didnt do much but write me off now look mayb if they woulda taken things serious to begin with things would be different and this was said the first month of school and another thing i just dont understand is why port washington would let this man who now is beening charged work down by the parade he was workingat the sleigh display next to dockside deli taking pictures and then monday he is charged it just blows my mind that they would let him still work down there even with then the charges pending i didnt reconize him until my 6yr old son said mommy thats my old bus driver randy we left the area after we found that out i just cant believe who ever was incharge would still let him b around all of our kids!
Willis December 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Wow, maybe now people might realize how serious this is. And it doesn't suprise me at all this was happening by dockside deli since he is friends with the owners, and they have stated how it's the children's fault in previous comments on here. This guy is a pedophile plain and simple.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 04:41 PM
To clarify some facts in these comments, I contacted owners at Dockside Deli. Here is what I learned: Randy helps Main Street and Main Street sponsored the sleigh in the cul de sac adjacent to Dockside Deli. Randy sat in a chair next to the display during part of the evening because the lights kept blowing out fuses in the rain and he was keeping it lit. Dockside’s involvement in the sleigh and the Christmas on the Corner was only to purchase the sleigh and donate it to Main Street. They had no involvement with Randy’s work except to accept his "gracious willingness to help fix the lights." All of the functions in the cul de sac were supervised by the folks from Main Street. I have left a message with Sara Grover, the executive director with Main Street, and will let you know what I hear from her when she calls me back. Previous comments made that Willis refers to ("and they have stated how it's the children's fault in previous comments on here.") were not made by owners of Dockside Deli.
Tony December 16, 2011 at 06:05 PM
I thought Don Voigt was the husband of the owner of the Dockside Deli, and he has made the comment that this isn't a "major offense" beause the kids weren't raped, and seems to blame the parents/children for what Randy is dealing with now. Am I wrong to assume that? If so, please let me know because that was my assumption, and what I mentally referred to when I read Willis' comment. Thank you!
Tony December 16, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Also... "pwmom" stated he was taking pictures, but Lyssa, you wrote he was fixing the lights... I think it is important to find out if he was in fact taking picutures, and if so... what was done with the film? Did he retain it, or was it given to Main Street, etc...? Thanks again~
Tony December 16, 2011 at 06:08 PM
This is the comment I was thinking about, when I read Willis' post: Don Voigt 4:19 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2011 I, also, know Randy - and can say that he is benevolent to many city projects. I owe him much for many areas where he has gone out of his way to help in keeping our city beautiful. Let's put this concept of "knowing him" asside and let's agree that children can be harmed. Yet, if everyone knows every minutia about every one of my transgressions, I would be locked up for the next millenium. It is not a question, here, where we have rape or some major injury to anyone. Children are amzingly resilient. I'm not wanting to either convict nor forgive for what we don't even know...I'm saying that - to my thinking, the matter is way over the top. It reminds me of a recent article about how our children (today) are so protected from any event and any independence that we all need to be worried about their ability to take challenges (and, some transgressions) without a guardian (or camera) standing by to arrest everyone in sight. 180 years? Hmmm. Perspective, might help.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 07:03 PM
@Tony ... I apologize as I thought the reference was to a comment made by a user named "Concerned," who has no connection to Dockside Deli. I think before you assume why Don Voigt doesn't see this as a "major offense" you should specifically ask him; ask him before assuming anything. I have had many conversations with Voigt as he is a very proactive voice in this community, and often contacts me about news on Patch. He is very supportive of today's youth, and only looks for ways to help them. In reading his comment you just reposted, I interpret his quarrel as being with the justice system's effectiveness/impact rather than meaning to shift the blame. But, there again, I can't assume either. Hopefully he'll chime in. I have put in a call to Sara Grover at the Main Street program to find out just exactly what Randy Mayer was doing at the Christmas event -- taking photos, fixing lights, or both? -- and as soon as she gets back to me (or I try again, and successfully reach her) I will let you know what I hear from her. Either way, don't let a potential affiliation with Mayer - either far or near - impact a locally-owned business such as Dockside Deli. After all, the deli is in no wrong here, they have some good food and service — and after all, supporting local helps the economy we live in!
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 09:12 PM
I just got off the phone with Sara Grover, executive director for the Main Street Program. Here's the facts: Yes, Mayer was hired as contracted work to help with set up of events several years ago: "We have hired him for numerous events, and we have worked with him for a couple of years now, and he was hired to Christmas on the Corner prior to any of this being released to the public ... since that time we have had conversation with him and he is understanding that we need to step aside from the working relationship with him." As far as Mayer taking any photos, to Grover's knowledge it was only of the capacity of a family, group, etc., asking Mayer to take a photo so that the entire group could be in the photo. That is to say, the cameras belonged to the people in the photos, and neither Mayer nor Main Street had a camera at the event to take photos at the sleigh. Grover would also like to point out that claiming Dockside Deli has done something wrong is an illegitimate claim. "Don and Maryanne (owners of Dockside) have been upstanding and contributing citizens as a whole," Grover said. Grover confirmed that Dockside did purchase that sleigh and donate it to Main Street, and added that though the business had children's activities planned inside Dockside Deli, that event was created prior to Christmas on the Corner plans. "The deli has done no wrong here, they are huge community contributors and we, Main Street, support them 100 percent," she said.
Jaime Sommers December 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM
In re to the copied DV response: We DO know what happened. YOU feel you have to wait for a legal process while others of us support many confused and betrayed children. My perspective is that kids deserve to be able to trust adults that care for them, and when that trust is broken, a grave and unforgivable transgression has occurred. How dare an adult victimize one who may not know to defend himself, since he is told he MUST ride the bus? And to parents who trusted the school district and its contracted service, there is no apology that takes this back. Don't you dare imply that your own 'trangressions' would have you locked up. If that is true, please get up right now and go turn yourself in for these terrible things, or cut out the manure. Mine wouldn't. Most people's I know wouldn't. Locked up? Huh. That statement is poor execution of citizenship toward the rest of us. You may owe him for all of his benevolence in all the events where he got to be around so many desirable children. He owes us. And God. No one can pay that debt. Not 180 years. It shouldn't have happened. Defense is not possible. You're sick too if you think it is. Have compassion. Kids are not overprotected "in general". Some may be but you are seriously judging the majority of kids in the context of a sexual predator's actions being serious or not? Disgusting.
Jaime Sommers December 17, 2011 at 12:08 AM
The Deli may have done no wrong here, but the owners also get to be held accountable for insensitive statements made to the public. Contributing citizens? Stop it. This is about the kids and safety of the kids and irreparable damage and insensitive comments were made. Again, an apology would suffice, but stop defending inappropriate remarks. You support them 100% even if they say kids are defended too strongly so they won't survive anything in the context of a pedophile touching them? That statement belonged no where near that concept and please don't ask any more people for comments to support jerky statements anymore. It's not about the people or the business, it's about what was said.
Tony December 17, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Unfortunately assumptions have to be made surround a lot of the comment he posted. I replied to it directly, and others, but received no reply. I did allow him the opportunity to clarify, but unfortunately he chose not to. I in no way implied that Dockside Deli should be punished for their affiliation with Mayer, NO ONE obvisly knew what this man was capable of doing, and I hold no ill feelings towards anyone but Randy for those actions. I am a little dissapointed that the comments he made were "assumed" to be directed at the lack of severity, and that the kids should be resiliant and "get over it" in my assumption as well.
Tony December 17, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Here is what I posted to him after his initial post: Tony 12:58 am on Friday, December 9, 2011 The "resilient" little boy has had nightmares for almost 10 weeks, and has needed weekly therapy to just begin to sleep with his light off. Have you even thought about the fear that this man has inflicted on the children? When it was explained that he was safe, he asked, "how am I safe? He KNOWS where I live... he picked me up and dropped me off every day". He hears footsteps on the deck outside his bedroom, he can't take the dog for a walk, and holds on for life to his parent when walking from the car in the dark. Resilient... how about scared and damaged for life?? Your comment that said, "children today are so protected from any event and any independence that we all need to be worried about their ability to take challenges (and, some transgressions) without a guardian (or camera) standing by to arrest everyone in sight" is sad. It is pure assumption on your part that these children cannot function without a leash and harness, and have helicopter parents. I pray that teachers and school administrators are asked to give statements on exactly how incapable these boys are to shut the people up who are so eager to blame the child, or their upbringing, and not give the possible thought that their "friend" had a dark side. Like Don basically said, if we knew of all his transgressions he would be in jail... what makes him think his friend is not the same or worse? Unreal!!!
pwmom December 17, 2011 at 02:27 AM
i didnt know dockside deli new him i just new that the sleigh was next to it and yes he was taking pics with other peoples camaras. The bottom line here is that he was there and well involved around all our children noing that the charges were pending i would think that they should have made better judgement in letting him still work down there after all this. another thing there was no rain during the festaval so them sayin he was there for the lights cus of rain is false the rain had stopped by then what is the next excuse going to be? as a parent our job is to pertect our children but we also are suppose to have some trust in our school and buses. Our kids are suppose to be safe in this places now how do we tell our kids that its ok and they are still safe when this person they were suppose to trust took all that away from them?
Ken December 17, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Would it not be prudent to conclude that Mr. Mayer's presence at that event is a direct violation of his release via bond until his trial?
pwmom December 17, 2011 at 05:08 AM
i dont believe he was formally charged until that following monday. You would think that ms.grover would have made a better judgment call instead of waiting till after the event to ask him not back she would have done it before hand. Instead of putting more of our children at risk of him. Expecially at nite.
SMSue December 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM
First off, Jaime Sommers, of all postings here, yours are completely appropriate, the way everyone should feel about this. Especially your response to Don Voigt/Sara Grover comments. Second, does anyone know where this guy grew up, went to grade school, Jr High or High school? South Milwaukee? Third, pwmom please learn to spell.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 03:58 PM
@pwmom & Ken — you're right, pwmom, Mayer was not charged until after the event and beyond perhaps a few families involved who knew the name, the general public did not know who the person the charges were pending for was. The comments above that I gave from Voigt and Grover are intended to at least clarify what Mayer was doing at the event, and not to take sides. This is all-in-all just a terrible, terrible situation. Families and kids can seek professional help, something that is recommend in such a traumatizing event, through two county programs: Advocates of Ozaukee County and Ozaukee County Mental Health center ... more info in this article http://patch.com/A-pyqM
Private Mom December 18, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Regarding talking to your children.... My son was a victim, and we have had "safe" talks with our kids since they entered school. Year after year, we reviewed strangers, and to watch out for people trying to trick you to get into their car, etc... At no point did I as a parent think of stating to my child, "someone might call a bad touch a "tickle". A child is told their whole life a "nose" is a "nose" and doesn't question it. A child is "tickled" from baby on, and a "tickle" to them is when they are touched and someone is moving their fingers around. So.... guess what happens when a pedafile says "I just tickled you" does to a little one???? I'll tell you what it did for my family in the beginning, it caused my child, when asked by an adult, to say, "he gave me a high five and "tickled" me". No authority figure decided to pry further into that statement and he was sent on his way. It was later that night when I resumed the conversation with him, and asked "where were you tickled" that I received the answer that makes a parents heart drop! Parents, make sure you have asked WHERE were you tickled if you have received that answer! .... DIG DEEPER!!! EVERYONE needs to clarify to their children that a bad touch can be called WHATEVER THE SICK PERSON DETERMINES to label it. It has to be made clear to our children that anytime their private parts are TOUCHED, BUMPED, or TICKLED by anyone, to get help!!!! Thank you~
Terry December 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM
I both agree and disagree. We live in a society where people are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. That is why we have the process. And while that is a legal definition and we are allowed to believe what we want, I will not be critical of those who choose to match their opinion with the legal definition. Nor will I criticize those that choose to believe him guilty. To say that they will withhold judgement until the charges are proven in a court of law is not the same as saying that they believe that anyone is lying or being untruthful, victims or other. It is simply applying the same legal standards to their personal opinion. Something we are allowed to do. However, given the severity of the charges, precautions are both in order and reasonable. Mr. Meyer should not be allowed to be in a position where he can interact with children until the charges are resolved.
Jaime Sommers December 23, 2011 at 05:09 PM
@Terry - If you go back and read the comments that are in question, the victims are being judged as being overprotected and the perpetrator is being lifted up as a benefactor. So, to be clear, my comments were stated as they were with that in mind. The legal definition of innocent until proven guilty is a fine way to treat a case when that's all that is done. However, when looking at DV's comments, I am going to say it should apply to victims primarily not primarily perpetrators nor in a fashion that pushes down the victim and lifts up the perpetrator. This kind of comment deserves a strong response, and a reminder that victims are also, and primarily, "not guilty" until given a judgment of obstruction of justice or something else and is not simply a defense using "innnocent until proven guilty", in my opinion, and a terrible way to treat fellow citizens and children. This is a sad problem in society, that when we don't like an accusation, we blame the victim. It is outdated, unfortunate, unenlightened and quite frankly depressing to see in our community leaders. Your comment is appropriate as it stands alone. I agree, and thank you, but, to clarify, it is not specific in response to mine in regard to that paricular portion of the discussion. Thank you. Happy Holidays and may everyone's kids and families be safe and healthy this season.
Jaime Sommers December 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM
He is now not allowed contact with children under the age of 16 so there should be no future question as to whether or not he should be at these family events, benefactor, contractor, spectator or otherwise. If he has made the $10,000 bail, the community should be aware of this specific guideline that has been given to him in case he is around for the holidays or between Jan 3 hearing @ 8:30 am, whenever sentencing occurs and whenever confinement begins.
Michael Schmidt January 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Randy Mayer is a very good man. I know him well. I do not believe that he is guilty of these charges.
Jaime Sommers March 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Just because you know someone does not mean you know their heart or their actions when they are not with you. How is it that four independent children reported this without corroborating and you would say that it is untrue and that he is not guilty? That is cruel and heartless to state publicly that you do not believe he is guilty. It further victimizes the children and their families. Believe what you will but THINK before posting your thoughts about the children who are hurting and their parents who feel as if they made errors in their own judgment in caring for their children, when they didn't. He is one man, who is accused of injuring at least four children plus their parents, siblings, other relatives, friends and loved ones. Your statement supports him, what a great friend, but it further injures those who have been hurt by him that you just completely disregard. He is not a "very good man" who touches little boys' private parts. Kids don't fabricate these stories or the DA would never have charged him. They know how to investigate these things to make sure the kids are speaking from memory without fabrication. Perhaps we can let our law enforcment and DA know that Michael Schmidt thinks they are inadequate in their roles and fabricate evidence? You might want to think about taking your foolish comment down.
Jaime Sommers March 27, 2012 at 07:17 PM
If your kids tell you this happened a year or two or three years ago with the same man, I know it is painful, but please call the DA. They may be attempting to reduce the charge through legal means, completely legal means, but this also means that without stronger and stronger evidence, this man may essentially only get a slap on the wrist. Four felonies sounds strong, but not if the crime itslef is reduced to something different than it is currently, such as a misdemeanor, then it becomes problematic and he is NOT fully held accountable and may not even be prevented from jobs with children. Please step forward if you know ANY more about this individual or children who have been involved with this type of crime last summer, during any school year, or any time at all. Do the best you can, but know that it is gets revealed to be healed, and to hold someone accountable for their actions and get them help as well. He may not be curable, but his condition is manageable provided he stays away from children. Speak up, speak out, empower these kids and hold this pedophile accountable for his crimes. Once this portion of the trial gets completed and he is charged, families can then discuss further civil charges to help recover some counseling fees, time off work, etc. If you have any further data, please step forward and don't be dissuaded by anything. Thank you.


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