Michael Chick, a New Hampshire bus driver, has been charged with threatening and molesting an 8-year-old boy, his parents

Using candy, Pokémon cards, and the threat of a mysterious criminal organization that would kill his family if he didn’t comply, a New Hampshire school bus driver tried to convince an 8-year-old boy to take photos of himself, according to a make criminal complaint.

The document, filed last Friday, paints a disturbing picture of an alleged stalker who spent months obsessing over his target, going so far as to invite himself to one of the boy’s little league games.

The driver, a 39-year-old Maine man named Michael Chick, was arrested Friday night, New England Cable News reported. He now faces federal charges of interstate stalking, according to New Hampshire District Attorney Jane Young.

The boy, identified only as “AC” in court documents, was a young student at Greenland Central School on one of Chic’s bus routes. Earlier this year, the driver began giving the 8-year-old and his sister small gifts, according to the complaint. Chick also reportedly left letters at their home when one of the children missed school, explaining how much he missed them.

AC’s parents, who were already concerned, became even more concerned when Chick approached the mother to ask if he could attend one of the boy’s little league games. They contacted school officials, who asked that Chick be reassigned to a different route.

On May 6, officers from the Greenland Police Department approached Chick for the first time. When Chick was asked why he thought the police wanted to speak to him, the bus driver replied “it ‘probably’ had to do with AC,” according to the complaint. Officers warned Chick not to contact the boy or his family again.

Two months later, AC’s father was cleaning the boy’s closet when he came across two cell phones hidden in a Pokémon lunch box. Chick later told investigators that he had called AC to his bus several days after officers warned him to give him the phones. Initially hesitant, the 8-year-old finally accepted the devices. According to the complaint, “AC told his parents that he only spoke to Chick once on one of the phones and they were talking about Pokémon.”

The family, fearing Chick was plotting to kidnap their son, installed surveillance cameras around their home. What they didn’t realize was that Chick was already using magnetic GPS trackers to monitor both of their families’ vehicles. (Investigators later recovered the devices after Chick confessed to secretly installing them.)

In May and June, the driver had begun to allude to a shadowy “she” and “her” in threatening conversations with AC, bus surveillance footage obtained by investigators showed.

“We’re still in this situation, aren’t we?” Chick can be heard in footage dated May 13, according to the complaint. “Did you worry about that?”

“Yes,” the boy replied.

Occasionally muffled by chatter from other students, Chick continued, “Remember our deal? The reason they didn’t go there [inaudible] I pay $1,000 a week [inaudible] hold her off while I try to figure out what I need to do.”

In a conversation on June 6, the driver warned the boy that “yesterday when… you were at your grandmother’s house, we were right across the street.”

“I’m doing everything I can to stop them from doing very bad things,” he added.

In other conversations, Chick gave the boy instructions on how to use the cellphone and urged him to use it “in the bathroom” at school, the complaint says.

On Friday, AC felt brave enough to fill in the blanks for investigators about the driver’s threats, according to court documents.

The boy said Chick spoke of an organization called The Team, which has between eight and 800 members. If “AC did not comply with their demands,” the complaint said, “‘the team’ would move to ‘plan B,’ which would result in AC being kidnapped and tortured.”

The team, the boy claimed, told him Chick liked clothes and underwear.

A search warrant executed on Aug. 5 at Chick’s home in Eliot, Maine, turned up several troubling items, including a large ziplock bag of children’s underwear and a note — handwritten as if addressed to AC — that read : “Good job, you were great last night. Many Thanks. you saved yourself Would have picked you up on Friday.”

According to the complaint, other notes were found in Chick’s bedroom, including one detailing instructions on how to take body selfies, which offered the recipient “additional credit” if they “recorded video of anything you would consider lewd.”

Several printed pages were more explicitly menacing. “YOU HAD TOO MANY CHANCES OF THIS NOT WORKING, WE’RE FUCKING DONE,” one warned, “DO THIS NOW OR THE CHILD GOES AWAY.”

“Today is the day you had way too many chances,” read another in part. “SAY GOODBYE. WE DO THIS. DON’T RUN. DON’T HIDE. WE KNOW WHERE TO GET YOU.”

That Friday night, Chick arrived at the residence just as officers were executing the warrant. Standing on his front lawn, he told investigators he’d visited AC’s home between six and 10 times at night over the past few months, just to walk around the home. Shortly thereafter he was arrested.

The bus driver has been ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing later this month.

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