Updated: Bus driver charged with sexual assault
by Wes Mayer
A Coweta County School System school bus driver suspected of having a relationship with a student was arrested last week.
Timothy Allen Byrd, 32, was taken into custody on Sept. 23 and booked in the Coweta County jail on Friday, Sept. 27, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Byrd was charged with a felony for sexual assault against a person in custody. He drove an East Coweta High School route.
On Sept. 20, Byrd was videotaped by the camera installed on the school bus kissing a 17-year-old girl, Yarbrough said. After all students exited the bus, the girl stayed behind and Byrd was taped kissing her. According to Yarbrough, Byrd and the student traded more than 600 text messages involving sexual language and content.
After interviews and an investigation by the sheriff’s office — along with the incriminating videotape — Byrd was charged for sexual assault.