School bus driver accused of molesting student

School bus driver accused of molesting student

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - A man turned himself in to authorities Monday after police said he molested a girl on a school bus.

A judge found probable cause earlier this month to arrest Zachary David Cox, 30, of Searcy on suspicion of sexual assault in the second degree and sexual indecency with a child.

According to court records, Cox met the girl in October 2017 while he was employed as a bus driver for Searcy Public Schools.

At the time, the victim was a 15-year-old student of Searcy High School and a passenger on the bus assigned to Cox.

“They subsequently began a relationship that escalated into sexual contact,” the affidavit stated.

Cox is also accused of sending the girl several inappropriate text messages.

After reviewing the allegations, Circuit Judge Robert Edwards issued a bench warrant for his arrest. An employee with the White County Detention Center informed a KAIT reporter that he was in the process of turning himself in on Monday morning.

Betsy Bailey, school/community coordinator for Searcy Public Schools, confirmed that Cox was employed by the district at the time of the allegations. However, she said administrators were unaware of the accusations when he resigned on May 3, 2018.

Bailey stated school officials were made aware of the allegations this fall and they are working with law enforcement.

“Zach Cox resigned on May 3, 2018. Searcy School District was not aware of any allegations at the time of his resignation. We were notified of an investigation this fall. We will work with law enforcement in whatever capacity necessary.”
Betsy Bailey, School/Community Coordinator, Searcy Public Schools

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