Revere van company sued over alleged assaults

A van company hired by the Peabody School Department to transport students to a summer program has been sued on behalf of four children allegedly molested and assaulted by a bus monitor.

The lawsuit filed in September in Salem Superior Court alleges that Ameriken Caring Services of Revere failed to provide safe transportation to the children — three boys and a girl ages 9 and 10 — and failed to protect them by negligently hiring, supervising and retaining the monitor.

The Salem News reported that the children allegedly were touched inappropriately, pinched on the thighs hard enough to leave bruises, and suffered other physical abuse. The monitor’s name was not disclosed.