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Bus driver accused of groping student in Taylorsville

August James Shell, 21
August James Shell, 21
Salt Lake County Jail

TAYLORSVILLE — Police say a Granite School District bus driver groped a 16-year-old student after stepping off his bus and approaching the boy in Taylorsville.

August James Shell, 21, has resigned from his job as a substitute driver, a district spokesman said in a prepared statement. Officers arrested him Wednesday and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of sexual battery. He was no longer in custody Thursday afternoon.

Shell, reached by phone, declined comment. No charges have been filed against him as of Thursday.

Shell pulled his bus over near 1332 W. 4800 South in Taylorsville about 9 a.m. Wednesday and approached the boy who was walking to school, according to a probable cause report.

Shell asked the teen if he wanted to smoke, and after the boy said no, the driver "grabbed the victim" over his pants, ran back to the bus and drove away, a Granite School District officer wrote in the report.

The boy told school officials, who contacted police, the district said.

Shell started his job on Nov. 27. There's no evidence that he has acted inappropriately toward other students, but the district and police have concerns that he may have approached other teen boys in similar ways, said district spokesman Ben Horsley.

District employees and police have asked parents if they have any information about any similar incidents.

School district police and other law enforcement agencies are putting together a task force to investigate, Horsley said.

— Annie Knox