May 30, 2008
Paula Tomlin - School Bus Driver Arrested For Having Ongoing Sexual Relationship With 16 Year Old Student
Staunton, Virgina (The Weekly Vice) -- Paula Tomlin, a 36 year old school bus driver and part time teacher's aid at Robert E. Lee High School has been arrested and charged with three counts of a custodian taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent liberties.
According to police, Tomlin was involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 16 year old male who was a student at the regional Genesis Alternative School.
Investigators say that Tomlin began a "verbal" relationship with the victim in April that progressed into a "sexual relationship" on May 10th. Brian Jenkins of the Augusta Couty Sheriff's office said that the alleged sexual encounters took place at Tomlin's home as well as at a 'scenic waterfall area'.
School officials say they learned about the relationship on Wednesday. According to authorities, Tomlin would drop off other students and then proceed in her vehicle to either Tomlin's apartment or the waterfall to have sex.
Police say they also obtained text messages between Tomlin and the boy. "The text messages were sexually explicit", said Investigator J.I. Hilton. "There wasn't anything innocent about them," he added.
Tomlin resigned her position with the Staunton city school system. She was booked into the Middle River Regional Jail, but was released after posting bond on Friday.
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