PHOENIX -- A former school bus driver in Mesa was sentenced on Monday morning to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation with sex offender terms.Billy Bryant, 64, pleaded guilty to three counts of molestation of a child and one count of aggravated assault....Bryant had previously worked as a bus driver for a charter school in Mesa. He was fired in 2009 after being accused in another molestation case.
A 62-year-old former bus driver for Legacy Charter School who Mesa police say they questioned in a child molestation case last year was arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of child molestation after a 9-year-old girl told police he sexually touched her near and in his car...Police said Bryant, who frequently visits a family in the neighborhood and is known as “Mr. Bill” to other children, also was arrested on one count of aggravated assault.While the girl was being interviewed by an officer in the police department’s center against family violence, she told police that Bryant had grabbed her buttock and also had sexually touched her over her clothing while she was inside the car.Last year, when Bryant was working as a bus driver for Legacy Charter School, similar allegations arose, but the case was later dropped after he denied the allegations and there were no witnesses to support the girl’s statements, police said. Bryant was fired from his job, according to police.Because of Bryant working around children, police believe there may be more victims that have not come forward.