Former school bus driver sentenced to 22 years for criminal sexual conduct and exploitation of a 14-year-old girl

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 10, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that a former school bus driver has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after impregnating a 14-year-old girl who rode his bus. Kevin Michael Wesley, Jr., pleaded guilty on Monday, October 7th, to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, First Degree and one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Third Degree in Charleston County. Judge R. Markley Dennis sentenced Wesley to 12 years in prison on the charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Third Degree and 10 years in prison on the charge of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, First Degree. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 22 years in prison.

“If there ever was a case for sexual exploitation of a minor, this is it,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Children and their parents should be able to count on their bus driver and here they could not.”

During the 2014-2015 school year, Wesley was a school bus driver for Sedgefield Middle School. At some point during that school year, Wesley took an interest in an eighth grade girl who rode his bus to and from school each day. He bought a cell phone for the child so they could have conversations when she wasn’t on his school bus.

In the summer of 2015, he encouraged the then-14-year-old child to sneak out of her parents’ house in the middle of the night to visit him at his apartment so he could have sex with her. He had sex with the 14-year-old at his apartment at least 10 times. In February of 2016, the 14-year-old girl discovered that she was pregnant.  She was afraid to tell her parents, but she did tell Wesley in several text messages that she was pregnant with his child. Wesley continued his conversations with the victim over the course of her pregnancy through text message, and, on several occasions, asked her to send him nude and sexually explicit images.  A forensic examination of the cell phone that he gave his victim shows that he did receive many nude or sexually explicit images of the child victim. In September of 2016, the victim gave birth to her son and shortly thereafter it was discovered that Wesley had been having sex with her.  In his interview with Officer Doug Galluccio, with the City of Charleston Police Department, Wesley confessed to having sex with the child victim.

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