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Statement on arrest of district bus driver

Filed in Archive by on February 22, 2017

Officials at the Bethlehem Central School District learned today that a longtime bus driver, David Haverly, was arrested by New York State Police and charged with possession of a sexual performance of a child and promotion of a sexual performance of a child, both felonies. The arrest was made after police executed a search warrant at his home in Albany, according to the State Police. Haverly, they said, has been arraigned in Albany City Court and released to the custody of the probation department and is to reappear in court at a later date.

The bus driver was immediately placed on administrative leave by the school district pending the outcome of the investigation into the alleged criminal activity.

According to the State Police, the investigation began after members in the Computer Crime Unit of the State Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force regarding an IP address located in Albany that was downloading child pornography. In its statement, the State Police said there is no indication he had inappropriate physical or verbal contact with any children routinely in his care. A copy of the New York State Police press release can be viewed here.

David Haverly was hired as a bus driver by the Bethlehem Central School District in September 2006. Prior to being hired, Mr. Haverly successfully passed pre-employment background checks required by law. All bus drivers employed by the Bethlehem Central School District are subject to fingerprinting and criminal background checks as a condition of employment.

During the 2016-17 school year, Haverly has worked as a driver on Route 65 which serves the middle school. Families of all students who are currently assigned to Mr. Haverly’s bus route are being contacted directly by Superintendent Jody Monroe. A substitute driver will be in place when students return to school Monday from the mid-winter break.

“The safety and well-being of students is the district’s top priority,” said Superintendent Monroe. “We are reaching out to families today and encouraging them to talk to their children about this issue, providing them with the information we have available.”

Any current or former student who may have had contact with Mr. Haverly that made the student feel uncomfortable is encouraged to tell a parent, teacher or other trusted adult immediately. Parents with any information that may be pertinent to the criminal investigation should contact the New York State Police at 518-783-3211. Students or parents wishing to discuss this matter with school district officials or who may need counseling support are encouraged to contact Director of Special Education and Student Services Kathy Johnston via email at kjohnston@bcsd.neric.org or by phone at 518-439-8886.