Bus Driver Accused of Sexual Abuse

Bus Driver Accused of Sexual Abuse


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Alex Cabrero reporting We're supposed to trust them every day with our children. So when a school bus driver is accused of sexually abusing a student, the whole community is affected.

The bus driver drove for the Provo School District. Now he's in the Utah County jail after a 13-year-old girl said he did things to her no child should ever experience.

Of all the reports Greg Hudnall sees everyday, the one from the police department took him by surprise.

Greg Hudnall: "We were not aware of this, and this is very concerning for us."

Hudnall is the spokesman for the Provo School District, and one of the district's drivers is charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Greg Hudnall/ Provo School District: "Shocked is an understatement. Concern for the child and parents and all of our students."

Christian Bair, 24, of Provo, is now sitting in jail.

Capt. Rick Healy/ Provo Police Dept.: "People are expected when they are fulfilling certain jobs that they're going to be protecting the children, and that's what you expect."

Bair isn't a stranger to the Provo School District. He worked on and off for them since 1997 as a maintenance worker, then a groundskeeper. He was hired as a bus driver this past January. If he is convicted of the allegations against him, he'll never work for the district again.

Greg Hudnall: "The individual was suspended without pay."

Provo schools did a background check on Bair. It was clean. There was no way to know he would be accused of dropping off all his students, then supposedly going back to one of their houses and doing what police say he did.

Rick Healy: "Unfortunately, sometimes you don't expect it. It wasn't something in the background."

Greg Hudnall: "I personally spoke with the father and yes, we're trying to do everything we can to help this student back into school and to move forward with this unfortunate situation."

The school district is providing social workers for the victim.

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