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School bus driver charged with showing lewd video to children
By Ashok Selvam | Daily Herald Staff

April L. Jackson

 

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Published: 11/19/2009 5:45 PM

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A 33-year-old bus driver who transported students from Olive Martin School in Lake Villa is accused of showing lewd video clips to children using her cell phone.

April L. Jackson, of the 21000 block of West 7th Street in Lake Villa, was arrested Wednesday and charged with disorderly conduct, the Lake County sheriff's office said.

Police said over the last week and a half that Jackson shared animated sexually-oriented clips to students on the bus. Jackson would show a group of children, ages 7 to 11, the videos while other students on the bus would have to wait for the clips to end before they could exit, police said. Police said they interviewed some students before the Lake County state's attorney's office approved the charge.

School officials have already sent out a letter to parents detailing the incident. Lake Villa Elementary School District 41 Board President Darla Vanderwall was hesitant to comment on the arrest saying she wanted to know more about the investigation. She pointed out Jackson was not a District 41 employee, as the school outsources transportation to Durham School Services. Any discipline would have to come from the bus company, and Vanderwall wasn't sure of what actions the district could take. Jackson was arrested at Durham's office in Lake Villa, police said. Bus company officials couldn't be reached for comment Thursday night.

Vanderwall praised Durham for its past services.

"Durham has always done a really good job of doing background checks, and they have very-high standards for their bus drivers," she said.

Vanderwall also said the district's first concern was the children and that she was sure that Durham would rectify any breakdown in how it conducts background checks if any mistakes had occurred.

Jackson faces a maximum 30-day jail term and $1,500 in fines.