Bus driver no longer with the school system

by Wes Mayer

The local school bus driver suspected of having a relationship with a high school student has lost his job with the Coweta County School System, officials confirmed.

Also, according to officials with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, Timothy Allen Byrd, 32, was released Sept. 28 from the Coweta County Jail on a bond of $7,750. He was first charged with sexual assault against a person in custody on Sept. 23, and was booked into jail on Sept. 27.

Byrd is suspected of having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student of East Coweta High School, according to Coweta Sheriff’s Office authorities.

During an investigation by the sheriff’s office, Byrd and the student were discovered to have traded more than 600 text messages, some containing sexual language and content, sheriff’s officials said. On Sept. 20, Byrd was videotaped kissing the student. The actions were recorded by the camera installed on the school bus.

Coweta County School System officials could not comment on the case directly, but a representative did say that Byrd has lost his position as a school bus driver as a result of his arrest.

A court date has not been set for Byrd.



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