School bus driver charged with lewd conduct, police say there could be more victims

Posted at 11:21 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 13:24:45-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Detectives with the Ada County Sheriff's Office are trying to determine if a school bus driver who had illegal sexual contact with a pre-teenage girl on the bus could have other victims.

Deputies started their investigation Thursday after being contacted by Meridian Police. Meridian Police were investigating a report that Leroy E. Morris, 79, made a sexual innuendo-type comment to a girl when she got on his bus earlier in the week, according to a press release from the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

During the investigation, deputies found evidence of Morris having illegal sexual contact with a different girl as she got on the bus Thursday morning, according to police. The deputies immediately put a safety plan into place, then interviewed several people, including officials with the bus company and Morris.

Morris was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail. He will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon. According to the release, Morris is charged with a felony count of lewd conduct in connection with the case.

The crime of lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison.

The release says Morris drove a bus route in the West Ada School District, including Silver Sage and Christine Donnell elementary schools in south Ada County. He also drove students to and from Centennial, Mountain View and Renaissance high schools.

Police say the bus company cooperated with the investigation.

Detectives are concerned Morris might have other victims. Anyone with information should call detective Shellie Strolberg at (208) 577-3788 or send an email to