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Ex school bus driver facing statutory rape charge will be able to work as truck driver

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

A former school bus driver accused of having sex with a student on his route now wants to work as a truck driver.

Alexander Rodriquez, 34, plans to work for Georgia based M&S Trucking.

On Tuesday, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ruled that Rodriquez could drive professionally with certain conditions.

Rodriquez will have to wear a GPS monitoring device. He will also have to give a list of his driving destinations each week to Hamilton County Corrections Department.

Rodriquez, who is married and has a 10-year-old son, is charged with aggravated statutory rape.

“He has not been convicted. He needs an opportunity to work,” said Johnny Houston, an attorney who represented Rodriquez in court.

Rodriquez has been out of work since the March 4 incident came to light.

A 15-year-old female passenger told Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies that  Rodriquez kept her on the bus until he completed his route. She rode in a car with him to a Super 8 motel where they reportedly had sex, according to court documents.

Rodriquez submitted to a DNA test when he was arrested. The results have not come back from the state crime lab, said Jason Demastus, who prosecutes sex crimes.

He said it’s “highly unusual” that someone with this type of pending charge would be allowed to drive halfway across the country. He argued even with a monitoring device Rodriquez would be able to do whatever he wants in other states.

“I don’t think it passes the smell test with the type of case we’re dealing with,” he said.

If Rodriquez  is convicted of the class D felony charge, he will have to register as a sex offender.

He could face between two to four years of incarceration. Rodriquez, who is a first time offender, would also be eligible for parole.

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