A GOLD Coast bus driver has been jailed for allegedly initiating a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student that he drove to and from school.
Robert Bruce Bell, 55, was busted when the FBI alerted Australian authorities to the fact he was sending explicit pictures to the underage girl through Facebook.
Following a more thorough investigation, it was discovered Bell was 53 when he allegedly initiated a friendship with the then 13-year-old girl, gaining her trust before grooming her for a sexual relationship.
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He was charged with having carnal knowledge of a child under 16, four counts of indecent dealing with a child and using electronic communication to procure a child. As a result of the nature of the charges, he was fired.
He pleaded guilty to all charges and will be released on parole in September 2014.
The Gold Coast Bulletin will have more on this story in Friday’s paper.