DETROIT, MI -- A Detroit school bus driver was arrested after allegedly trying to pick up a prostitute while driving special-needs children to school last Wednesday morning. The 30-year-old man was arrested after he drove the bus up to a decoy officer posing as a prostitute and inquired about having sex with her, police said.
At the time, the driver only had one child on the bus. He told the decoy officer he would be right back.
Police said a few moments later he returned with three more special needs children on the bus and offered to pay the officer to have sex with him. The driver handed the decoy officer a paper with his name and phone number. He was then arrested.
"At the end of the day, this is certainly not somebody that ought to be driving a school bus," said Wayne County Sheriff Warren C. Evans.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office may pursue charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge for offering to engage in prostitution. Police said the driver had planned on dropping off the four special needs children, ages five to nine years old, at a nearby elementary school and return to have sex.
The deputies took the children from the bus and drove them to school. The principal helped deputies to personally notify each of the children's parents.
"In my 35 years in law enforcement, I've seen a lot of outrageous things, particularly in the area of prostitution," said Sheriff Evans. "But the very idea that someone entrusted with the safety and security of special-needs children would instead put his own selfish and illicit needs first, blows my mind."
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