Former Searcy School District Bus Driver Admits to Sexual Abuse
A former bus driver with the Searcy School District has admitted that he inappropriately touched a 15-year-old student on his bus route, pressed himself against her from behind, and sent her nude photographs in October 2017. 39-year-old Zachary David Cox currently has arrest warrants for second-degree sexual assault and sexual indecency with a child.
The students made allegations to police, which led to an interview with Cox. In August, Cox told an investigator from the White County Child Safety Center that he touched a girl from his bus route inappropriately and pressed himself up against her behind while he was aroused, attempting to arouse her. He also confessed to texting nude photos to the girl.
A warrant for Cox’s arrest was issued on October 8. This case is still under investigation.
Justice For Victims of School Employee Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who helps survivors of sexual violence find justice by filing lawsuits. Previously, he worked as a sex crimes prosecutor in criminal courts. We’ve asked him to add some insight into how the legal system can help survivors of child sexual abuse:
Schools should be safe spaces. But sadly, jobs that involve working with children can attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust and close proximity to students as a means to commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse. Finding justice for the victims and making sure they get the support they need is the top priority when these tragedies happen. This means holding the perpetrator criminally responsible, and in some cases, holding the school district accountable for failing to prevent the abuse due to negligence.
For example, a school district could be considered negligent for failing to report suspected abuse to authorities or failing to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee and you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, you can learn more by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.