Bus Driver Faces Federal Charges
John Allen Wright of Milton was indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.
A former school bus driver facing child porn charges has been indicted on six federal counts, according to WMUR.
John Allen Wright, 45, of 52A Charles St. in Milton was charged with five counts of possession of child sexual abuse images, a Class A felony that carries a State Prison sentence of 7 1/2- to 15 years. Now Wright faces an additional five federal counts, according to WMUR, for sexual exploitation of children and one count is for possession of child pornography.
Police said they found 10,000 images on his computer, and he is also accused of assaulting a 6-year-old developmentally challenged student on his bus in Kittery, Maine, according to the television news station.
Police said Wright taped his actions using a special camera attached to his glasses, WMUR reported. Wright is expected to be arraigned on the charges on Oct. 12.
Portsmouth Patch previously reported that, according to the Portsmouth-based New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children task force, Wright worked as a bus driver for the Provider bus service in Strafford County, Rockingham County and Kittery, Maine, since 2008.
Police say Wright’s job with Provider was to transport children on his bus, to include physically, mentally, or developmentally disabled children, to school or daycare.
"Prior his current employment, Mr. Wright was a bus driver from 2004 to Feb. of 2008 for SAU 64, the Milton School System, and also briefly worked as a para-professional for that school in 2005," reads a press release issued by Portsmouth Police Capt. Corey MacDonald, the task force's commander.
"We have information at this time that Mr. Wright may also have been employed at Rochester Child Care and Learning Center in August to November of 1999 where he worked as an assistant teacher. From April of 1999 to July of 1999 he may have worked at the Quirion Preschool and Learning Center in Rochester," according to the task force.
Police are asking parents whose children have been passengers on Wright’s bus, or who have been otherwise exposed to Wright to speak with their children about any experiences that they may have had with him. They are also asking parents to report any odd or suspicious behaviors that they have observed such as very early bus pick ups, or very late drop offs involving their children when driven by Wright.
"We would encourage parents to seek guidance if need be in how to approach this topic with their child by contacting Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) at (603)436-4107," reads the task force press release.
"If parents have concerns that their child may have been victimized or if they believe that they may have some useful information regarding this case, we are asking them to contact the following hotline: NH ICAC at (603)610-7424," the press release continues.
Wright was arrested by detectives at his Milton home on Sept. 1.