Jail for school bus driver who groped 13-year-old girl on his first day at work
A SCHOOL bus driver who groped a 13-year-old passenger after targeting her on his first day at work has been jailed for 15 months.
Adam Rennie, a married father-of-two from Laceby, chatted up the girl on the very first journey he made taking children to a secondary school in Lincolnshire.
The 28-year-old persuaded the teenager to sit next to him because he did not know the route.
Sending him to jail at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday, Judge Michael Heath told him: "You were in a position of trust. The children were entrusted to you. Your job was to deliver them safely to the school and not to interfere with them for your own sexual gratification.
"When parents send their children on a school bus they don't expect the driver to do what you did."
Catarina Sjolin, prosecuting, said: "In early 2008, Adam Rennie was employed as a bus driver on a school run.
"On his first journey, the defendant asked the girl to sit next to him to give him directions.
"He gave the girl his mobile phone number and during journeys he put his arm around her.
"He touched her on the leg, touched her bottom and peered down her top."
Rennie was taken off the route after just a few weeks after an allegation was made about the standard of his driving.
The court was then told how, two years later, he heard of rumours circulating about him.
He returned to the village where the girl lived and approached her as she walked along the street.
"She didn't know what on earth he was doing there," said Miss Sjolin. "He said he wanted to talk with her. She was scared."
Rennie cuddled her before looking down her top and making a lewd comment about her breasts.
He was arrested and police found an indecent image of another young girl on his mobile phone.
Miss Sjolin described the victim as a vulnerable girl and said she had suffered emotional problems as a result of what Rennie did.
Rennie, of Grimsby Road, Laceby, admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child on dates in 2008 and 2010 and a further charge of possessing an indecent image of a child.
He was placed on the sex offenders' register for ten years and banned from working as a bus or coach driver for the next five years.
Craig Lowe, defending, urged the judge not to jail Rennie.
"He describes his behaviour as very stupid," he said.
"He is very, very sorry. He states that this sort of behaviour will never happen again."
Mr Lowe said character references described Rennie as "a brilliant dad" to his children and he also provides support to his wider family.
"The repercussions for others would be devastating if he were to go to prison," he added.