Sumner County bus driver fired after sexual battery allegations
May 06, 2014 12:11 AM
Jerry Dean, 47, remains jailed on $200,000 bond on three counts of aggravated sexual battery.
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. -
A Sumner County school bus driver who was reportedly captured on surveillance video inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl has been fired.
Jerry Dean, 47, faces three counts of aggravated sexual battery.
The allegations came forward after another bus driver spotted Dean alone with the 12-year-old on his school bus while parked in the parking lot of Watt Hardison Elementary School.
School district officials said the driver who spotted Dean reported the situation, leading them to review the surveillance camera installed inside his school bus.
They said what they saw was “disturbing,” so they called police.
“This is the type of behavior we will not tolerate in Sumner County Schools,” said Jeremy Johnson, a spokesman with the school district. “There was a background check performed when he was hired in 2008 and he did pass that background check. He had two charges in 1998. One was for a suspended license and the other was a possession charge that was removed.”
The Sumner County Clerk’s office confirmed that information to News 2.
Johnson also said all bus drivers are subjected to yearly as well as random drug tests, and there has was never an issue with Dean in the past.
Some parents are left wondering if there are any other victims and how he was hired in the first place.
“Who all had he had contact with and hopefully he hadn’t done it with anyone else,” said Joy Brown, whose son attends Watt Hardison Elementary School in Portland, one of three schools on Dean’s bus route.
“You should have an absolute clean record driving children around,” said parent Johnetta Endicott.
Endicott, whose children also attend Watt Hardison Elementary, said she may start taking her children to school from now on.
Police said so far, they believe this is an isolated incident but the investigation is ongoing.
Dean’s cell phone and computer were confiscated and he could face more charges.
He is being held at the Sumner County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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