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Wake school bus driver charged with indecent liberties

Posted May 18, 2011 11:57 a.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2011 4:56 p.m. EDT

— A former bus driver for the Wake County Public School System faces accusations that he had an ongoing sexually suggestive conversation with an 11-year-old girl last year.

Aubrey Lee Stephens, 50, of 103 S. Bell Haven St. in Apex, was arrested Wednesday on one count of indecent liberties with a child stemming from the allegation.

An arrest warrant states that Stephens "did take and attempt to take immoral, improper and indecent liberties" with the student between April 1 and April 30, 2010.

Cary police Capt. Mike Williams said there was never any touching but that the conversations were inappropriate.

'In those conversations, he was talking about stuff that was giving him sexual gratification," Williams said.

School administrators at Davis Drive Elementary School notified police about the allegation last month, Williams said.

Wake County schools spokesman Michael Evans said Stephens, who had worked for the school system since June 1985, resigned on April 28, the day after police began investigating.

"The information regarding this case was presented to school administration on April 27, late in the day," he said in a statement. "We took immediate action, and (Stephens) resigned the next day. We are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement on this matter."

Stephens was in the Wake County jail Wednesday morning under a $25,000 bond.