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NJT Bus Driver Fired, Accused Of Performing Lewd Act On The Job

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A NJ TRANSIT bus driver has been fired for allegedly committing a lewd act while on duty behind the wheel.

According to the criminal complaint, George L. Simpson, Jr., 41, is accused of taking his hands off the wheel and masturbating while operating a NJ TRANSIT bus in Weehawken on June 24.

A passenger on board the bus caught the incident on cellphone video, according to the complaint.

LINK: Read The Criminal Complaint (pdf)

"The bus operator in question was immediately removed from service without pay, as a result of this disturbing and grossly irresponsible conduct," NJ TRANSIT spokesperson John Durso, Jr. said in a statement. "The incident was also promptly brought to the attention of NJ TRANSIT Police, who immediately launched a criminal investigation. As a result, the operator has been charged with three separate criminal offenses, including one for risking widespread injury."

Durso also apologized on behalf of the agency to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Simpson's bail was set at $2,500.

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