Statutory rape case against Johnthony Walker bound over to grand jury

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A statutory rape case against former Chattanooga school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was bound over to a Davidson County grand jury Thursday morning.   

Walker was arrested and charged with statutory rape in Nashville last month.

According to the arrest affidavit, Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl who lived at a home where he had been staying while out on bond following his sentencing for the deadly Chattanooga bus crash.  

“He said they happened here and they happened in the residence, in the family room. I asked him how he would characterize the situation. He said it was concerning at first, that the age bothered him. He said something to the effect of, ‘She’s only a child, just a baby to me and looking back on it I find it repulsive that this has happened,'” Sgt. David Shlessinger said.  

In March, Walker was convicted of six counts of criminally negligent homicide in a Chattanooga school bus crash. 

Walker was sentenced to four years in prison in April for the November 2016 crash. 

He was reportedly out on bond while his appeal is pending.  He is being held on a $350,000 bond.  

He did not take the stand on Thursday.  

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