Anderson school bus driver arrested on child porn, sexual misconduct charges

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Update (March 13, 2017)-- Rex Davis pleaded guilty to both counts against him. He was sentenced to four years of electronic monitoring and two years of probation.

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ANDERSON, Ind. (Dec. 16, 2015)- An Anderson school bus driver faces charges of possessing child pornography and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Anderson Community Schools immediately fired 23-year-old Rex Davis after he was arrested.

“We’re always surprised and disappointed when these things happen,” said Joseph Cronk, with Anderson Community Schools.

Officials at Alexandria Monroe High School saw inappropriate pictures on a student’s school-issued iPad and alerted police.  Investigators discovered several nude pictures and 159 emails sent between Davis and the 15-year-old girl since the end of July. Police say Davis and the teenager both sent nude pictures of themselves.

“It’s always a shock when these things happen but people make bad choices. We have to act accordingly, their choices dictate our actions,” said Joseph Cronk.

When detectives interviewed the girl, she told them that Davis had told her not to tell anyone about the pictures because he could get in trouble.  Davis has been a bus driver for Anderson Community Schools for the past two years.

“So this gentleman had no record, no bad driving record, no criminal history, no history of anything like this from what we could tell or else we would have never let him start to drive,” said Cronk.

Davis’ assigned routes were for a middle school and a kindergarten. Davis was not the girl’s bus driver. Police documents say the two knew each other through friends.

When police asked Davis how the student got the inappropriate pictures he admitted that he sent them to her. Davis told police he never had sex with the girl but did say the two spent time at his home.

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