On 03/03/2017, the Lititz Borough Police Department took Don Joseph SARACEN, 66, of 7 Pewter Drive, Lititz, PA 17543, into custody. SARACEN is a school bus driver employed by a company which is contracted by the Warwick School District. A criminal complaint against SARACEN has been filed for the following charges:
Interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communications, Felony of the 3rd degree (1 counts); Invasion of privacy, Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree (5 counts) and Possessing instruments of a crime, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree (1 count).
The criminal complaint was filed after an investigation into SARACEN was initiated after it was reported he secretly took audio and video images of an unsuspecting adult female. In an abundance of caution, the Lititz Borough Police Department further investigated any possible connection to students. The investigation revealed that 4 students were subject to SARACEN’s actions. The affected students were identified and they and their parents were notified of the incident. Through the investigation, it was learned that SARACEN concealed a Panasonic digital camera placed in the video mode under the driver’s seat of the school bus. The camera was placed inside a container which was camouflaged by a rag and partially exposed from under his seat. SARACEN’s intentions were to capture video images of intimate body parts up dresses, skirts and pants of unsuspecting passengers as they entered and exited the bus. It was learned through the investigation that SARACEN would instruct unsuspecting persons to assist him in pushing buttons on the dashboard of the bus, which caused those persons to be standing directly over the concealed camera and exposed to image-taking.
During the initial stages of the investigation, SARACEN was found to be in possession of the Panasonic camera as he exited the bus at the end of his shift on 02/28/2017. The Lititz Borough Police Department seized the camera as evidence and transported the camera to the Lancaster County Computer Forensics Unit for analysis. Upon examination of the camera, police discovered several videos of unsuspecting juvenile students and an adult female, depicting video images of intimate body parts up dresses, skirts and pants without their knowledge or consent.
On 03/03/2017, the Lititz Borough Police Department took SARACEN into custody at his residence and transported him to MDJ Edward Tobin for an immediate preliminary arraignment on the charges. SARACEN was committed to Lancaster County Prison after being unable to post a $650,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled.
Additional electronic devices possessed by SARACEN at his home were seized pursuant to a search warrant and will be analyzed for any other evidentiary content.
There is no information to suggest that SARACEN had inappropriate physical contact with any person. The Lititz Borough Police Department wants to acknowledge the cooperative effort between the Warwick School District and the contracted bus company for their cooperation and assistance into this investigation.
SARACEN is presumed innocent.
The Lititz Borough Police is respectfully requesting that the media limit what is published to that which is on this news release and should the media become aware of any additional information, particularly the names of any witnesses, victims or businesses in this case, it is requested that they refrain from publishing that information so as not to jeopardize the safety of anyone nor this ongoing investigation.