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School bus driver jailed

He is accused of sexual abuse of a 13-year-old

Christian Paul Bair
Christian Paul Bair

PROVO — A Provo School District bus driver who was arrested Thursday for investigation of allegations that he sexually abused a 13-year-old female student, is being held in the Utah County Jail on $750,000 cash-only bail.

After the girl allegedly invited the man into her home, the two went into her room and started kissing, according to a probable cause statement filed in 4th District Court. Then, the 25-year-old man allegedly took off the girl's shirt and fondled her under her clothes, as well as fondled her genital area, according to the probable cause statement.

The mother of the 13-year-old girl contacted police after her daughter told her about the incident. In a later interview, the girl allegedly told Provo police officers she had invited the man to her home when she knew her mother would be gone, because she had been promising to "make out" with him for a week, according to the statement.

Provo police are currently conducting an investigation, including a look into the man's background but do not believe there were any other alleged victims, said Provo Police Captain Rick Healey. Police believe the alleged abuse happened within the last four or five weeks.

Christian Paul Bair, 25, was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on Thursday for investigation of possible sexual abuse of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Family members of Bair declined to comment when contacted by the Deseret Morning News.

Prosecutors said they have a copy of the police report but will need to look through all the evidence before they can present formal charges.

According to the probable cause statement, the man allegedly admitted to police that he went to the girl's home, took off her shirt, and fondled her in various places.

The Provo School District will also be conducting an investigation of the alleged incident.

"Provo PD showed up yesterday morning after one of our bus drivers had finished his route and arrested him, so he was suspended immediately without pay," said Greg Hudnall, Provo School District director of student services.

Hudnall said the driver was hired in 1997 and worked in a part-time position as a maintenance and groundskeeper. Since then, he has worked on and off for the district in part-time positions.

In January, the man became a part-time bus driver, and as part of routine district protocol, was fingerprinted by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. Nothing criminal showed up in a background report.

"We had not had any reason to suspect anything until the police showed up," Hudnall said.

The girl is an 8th-grader, but the school district could not release the name of the school, as the case is under investigation, Hudnall said.