By ANTHONY RICKETTS & HELEN BOHORQUEZ
The case of a bus school driver allegedly caught in an online sex sting by undercover police was postponed by request of his lawyer at the Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Elliot Provda, 38, was charged last year with conducting sexually explicit conversations with a person he had met online believing she was 14 years old. In fact, she was an undercover detective assigned to the Vice Enforcement Division.
According to charges, between October 1, 2013, and December 4, 2013, Provda exchanged graphic sexual messages with the detective, while inviting her to meet for a sexual encounter in Queens.
Provda was arrested after police searched his home and found the cellphone he had used to send the provocative messages.
Provda had been working as an independent driver, picking up six young children from their home and dropping them at a private religious school in Manhattan.
At his appearance at court, Provda arrived handcuffed while being escorted by three guards. He kept his head low as his attorney asked the judge to push the date of trial to April 29th.
Provda could face up to four years in prison if convicted.