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School Bus Driver Allegedly Exposes Children to Alcohol and Porn in her Home

by on March 24, 2014 10:44 AM

State police have charged a State College Area School District bus driver for allegedly providing alcohol to minors in her home and showing the children pornography and sex toys.

State police charged Daisey Joe Hartley, 37, of Howard, in February with three counts of corrupting minors and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors for an incident that allegedly occurred last summer, according to court records.

Police say in an affidavit the three minors were under her care in her home when Hartley allegedly had one of the teens drive her to purchase alcohol. Once back in the home, she allegedly allowed the minors to drink the alcohol.

While appearing to be intoxicated, Hartley allegedly showed the minors sex toys she had in her home as well as a pornography DVD.

Hartley was a bus driver for the school district through contractor Long Motor Buses. An employee who answered the phone Monday but declined to give his name, said Hartley is not allowed on the company's property and was pulled from the school bus route as soon as the company learned of the charges.

The employee also criticized recent news media reports about the incident saying the coverage wrongly implied the alleged offenses occurred while Hartley was at work. The employee stressed that the alleged activity did not occur on a Long bus or on the company's property.

Magisterial District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker released Hartley on her own recognizance. Her preliminary hearing is slated for April 2. The court did not have a record of a defense attorney for Hartley as of Monday.

Children and Youth Services started investigating the incident in September after one of the minors reported the matter to a loved one. Subsequently, state police interviewed the victims. Police interviewed Hartley in October. Charges were filed in February.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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