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Durham Bus Driver Charged With Sex Offenses

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DURHAM, N.C. — A school bus driver for the Durham Public Schools was arrested Thursday and charged with committing sexual offenses against a 15-year-old student.

The bus driver, 23-year-old Mario L. Elam, was charged with committing a statutory sexual offense, committing a crime against nature and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The alleged incident occurred on May 22 on Junction Road after Elam picked up the student in his personal vehicle to give him a ride to Lakeview School because the student had missed his bus. The juvenile reported the incident to school officials.

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