Ex-school bus driver sentenced for sex contact with student

Associated Press
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JOPLIN — A former school bus driver in southwest Missouri was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for having sexual contact with a female student.

Dennis R. Frakes, 68, was sentenced in Jasper County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty Nov. 2 in a plea agreement that included dropping another count of second-degree statutory sodomy.

Frakes was a bus driver for the Carl Junction School District when he had sexual contact with the student twice. The girl was not a rider on the bus he drove. The contact happened in Frakes' vehicle and his home, according to a probable cause statement.

Frakes was a bus driver for the school district from January 2012 to Oct. 25, 2019, when the allegation first surfaced and he was fired, The Joplin Globe reported.