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Moore County bus driver charged with sex crimes

Posted September 12, 2013

— A former bus driver for Southern Middle and Pinecrest High schools in Moore County was charged Thursday with indecent liberties with a child, soliciting a child by computer and sexual battery, authorities said.

Troy Jareau Thomas, 25, of Aberdeen, was released on a $75,000 unsecured bond, according to Moore County Sheriff's Office Capt. Bill Mackey.

The alleged victim, a 15-year-old boy, was not a student on Thomas' bus. They two met online, Mackey said.

School system officials said they learned of the allegations against Thomas, who was hired in May 2008 as a substitute bus driver, on Sept. 7. Two days later, he resigned. 

In a letter to parents, principals at Southern Middle and Pinecrest High said that students' safety and well-being is the school system's top priority.

"This situation was addressed swiftly and appropriately by the school district," the letter states. "We want to assure our parents that we conduct background checks on all prospective employees and diligently seek and expect the highest standards of adult leadership and example for our students."

Thomas is due in court Sept. 30.

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  • ncdime1235 Sep 13, 11:52 a.m.

    I don't think scubagirl ever reads the articles. LOL

  • 678devilish Sep 13, 11:49 a.m.

    when students drove the busses.

    You are absolutely right. Maybe the schools should reconsider this.

  • 678devilish Sep 13, 11:36 a.m.

    indecent liberties with a child,

    Obviously he had not committed a crime, otherwise a background check would certainly have pick it up. Parents please wake up and talk to your young impressionable children. Make it safe for them Teach them to tell you, teacher and other staff, or simply call the police. No child should have to endure these encounters. If any adult sees this kind of thing going on, you should absolutely report in immediately.

  • zenonx6 Sep 13, 8:09 a.m.

    And get that kid some Psychological help.

  • lwe1967 Sep 12, 7:05 p.m.

    Well this is one that hopefully got caught before he did any harm.

  • Fuquay Resident Sep 12, 5:54 p.m.

    We didn't used to have this problem when students drove the busses.

  • Dat MoFo Sep 12, 5:23 p.m.

    Read the article again, they do a background check. Apparently nothing came up on his.

  • Scubagirl Sep 12, 4:53 p.m.

    do they NOT check these folks out BEFORE they get the job?