Officers and district have no evidence to believe any acts of unprofessionalism occurred on work time.
3:30 pm update
We have compiled a list of the specific routes by date, route, and school that the substitute bus driver covered during his time with the district. (Note: Updated list posted at 4:30 p.m.)
If you have any concerns after talking to your child, please email Driverconcerns@issaquah.wednet.edu.
Again, all evidence and indication at this time leads us to believe nothing inappropriate occurred during the driver's work time, but we want to be as safe as possible.
An Issaquah School District substitute bus driver was arrested by Homeland Security on possible child pornography charges on Thursday, May 10. Through the course of the investigation, security officials told the district there is no evidence at this time to believe any inappropriate or illegal activities occurred while he was working.
“This is obviously a very serious charge, and our first priority is making sure that he acted as a professional at all times while driving for us,” said Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen.
In customary procedure, the substitute driver was cleared through the district’s mandatory state and federal background checks before he started driving last November; both accurately showed a clean record. The district also never received complaints or concerns about this driver during his short employment.
Since the allegations, district administrators have immediately stopped employing the driver with any future substitute assignments. We are also investigating footage of him driving his routes, and we have confirmed that he never activated or used his employee email.
The Issaquah School District is limited in its disclosure of personnel information. Contact the Western District of Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office, 206-553-4110, for more information about this case.