Bus driver fired as authorities investigate crime against child - WSMV Channel 4

Bus driver fired as authorities investigate crime against child

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PORTLAND, TN (WSMV) -

A local bus driver has been fired as authorities investigate a crime against a child.

Sumner County officials say another driver tipped them off about Jerry Dean last week.

The other driver noticed a 12-year-old girl was still on Dean's bus after the other students had been dropped off.

Police pulled surveillance video from his bus and say they found some disturbing images.

The district quickly removed Dean from the job.

"All buses have video cameras on board to monitor students' safety and make sure that if we have incidents on the bus that we have a record of it and that we have a way to make sure to protect the students and protect the drivers. Obviously, this is not something we would have ever anticipated having to use our bus cameras for," said Sumner County Spokesperson Jeremy Johnson.

Johnson says Dean most recently drove buses for Portland High School, Portland East Middle School and West Hardison Elementary.

Investigators say they do not believe Dean harmed any other children.

Dean is related to the alleged victim and is charged with several counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Johnson said Dean has worked with the Sumner County School District since 2008 and had a clean record.

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