Parent reports jailed MCCSC bus driver attempted to take picture of children

A mother has called police to report a Monroe County bus driver arrested this week on a preliminary charge of child exploitation tried to take pictures of her two daughters as they rode his bus.

The sisters ride Monroe County Community School Corp. bus No. 44, driven by 43-year-old Timothy Poteat.

Police arrested Poteat at the MCCSC transportation office at about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, just after he had parked his bus at the end of his afternoon route.

Bloomington police seized electronics from his home as part of a child pornography investigation that started with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Oct. 11.

Police say the investigation has uncovered more images than the initial tip suggested, and just one of several electronic devices has been examined.

The sisters, ages 8 and 7, told their mother they had been sitting together on the bus when Poteat attempted to take their picture with “a small camera.” The incident reportedly occurred within the last month, according to Bloomington police Lt. Brad Seifers. The mother called police at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Forensic investigators still have a “significant volume” of electronics to examine, Seifers said, including computers, phones, external hard drives and flash drives obtained with a search warrant and seized Tuesday afternoon from Poteat’s residence, at 844 E. Miller Drive.

“We would encourage parents of students who ride bus No. 44 to speak to their children about activities that have happened on the bus,” Seifers said.

Anyone with suspicious activity to report can call Detective Chris Guidry at 812-349-3328.