GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — An 18-year-old student accused of raping a girl on a school bus was arrested Tuesday in Grant County.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said it was contacted by administrators with the Oak Hill School Corporation on Jan. 12 regarding allegations of sexual misconduct involving 18-year-old Brandon Gage Blanchard-Vigar and a 16-year-old student on a school bus.

Court documents state that the 16-year-old victim told investigators that she performed a sex act on Blanchard-Vigar for a few seconds under a blanket while on their way to school. She said when she stopped and told Blanchard-Vigar she was done, he became angry, pulled her on top of him and forced sexual intercourse, documents state. The 16-year-old also told investigators she elbowed him two or three times during the incident, which was backed up by a witness’ statement and surveillance video, investigators noted.

The assault happened a couple seats behind the bus driver, Joshua Dale Vigar, who is Blanchard-Vigar’s father, according to court documents. Vigar was charged with failure to make a report and is no longer employed by the school district.

“I couldn’t believe it could happen on a bus and nobody would know anything about it,” parent Derek Stepler said.

The Oak Hill United School Corporation serves the small town of Converse. School parents said they were appalled at the allegations.

“I wanted them to go here because this is where I grew up and you don’t hear about stuff like that happening in this area,” Stepler said. “I want my children to be safe going to school. That’s my main concern.”

The sheriff’s department turned the findings of its investigation over to the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office. An arrest warrant for Blanchard-Vigar was issued on Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Blanchard-Vigar Tuesday evening on charges of rape and sexual battery.

An investigation into the allegations is ongoing. Blanchard-Vigar bonded out of jail this afternoon and is set to be back in court in June.

The school district released a statement on the allegations today:

“The Oak Hill United School Corporation considers the safety of our students, staff, and community as our number one priority.  Last evening the Grant County Sheriff’s Department made the Oak Hill United School Corporation aware that charges have been filed against a former student. We will continue to cooperate with the Grant County Prosecutor and Sheriff’s Department in their investigation.”