Police investigating former XCS bus driver


By Scott Halasz

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XENIA — Xenia police are still investigating allegations against a former Xenia school bus driver but have yet to file charges.

According to the police report, the female driver — whose name is not being released — allegedly asked students to consume alcohol and drugs with her and sent nude pictures of herself to students in late 2016. The report indicates most of the alleged activity took place at an apartment in the 400 block of South Detroit Street between Aug. 17 and Dec. 12.

An assistant principal at Xenia High School was made aware of the alleged activities from students and contacted police, according to the report.

The driver was fired from her job with First Student — the company with which Xenia Community Schools contracts for bus transportation — amid the allegations.

“We were made aware of concerns,” said First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger. “As soon as the concerns were brought to light, we removed this driver from service.”

Because it’s an ongoing investigations, First Student had no further comment, Biddinger said.

Xenia Community School District Superintendent Denny Morrison lauded the swift action taken by the company.

“At First Student, the safe and reliable transportation of the student passengers is their highest priority,” he said. “First Student has a zero tolerance policy for employees whose actions may harm or put others at risk. First Student acted immediately when being made aware of the recent employee matter. That is exactly what we would expect from them. It is a responsibility they take very seriously. The staff does a terrific job.”

According to the police report, the alleged offense is being considered contributing to the delinquency of a child, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

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