Former bus driver convicted in fatal crash charged with rape

A former school bus driver convicted in a wreck that killed six children in Tennessee now faces charges of aggravated statutory rape.

Twenty-five-year-old Johnthony Walker was arrested Thursday in Nashville, where he was free on bond while appealing his March conviction on charges of criminally negligent homicide and assault in the 2016 bus crash in Chattanooga.

News outlets cited an arrest report that says Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old on five occasions.

Walker was driving 37 children from Woodmere Elementary School on a narrow, winding road when he lost control of the bus. Prosecutors said he was driving too fast and talking on his phone. Defense attorneys said he swerved to avoid another vehicle.

A judge sentenced him to four years in prison.

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Rescue officials at the scene of a school bus crash involving several fatalities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S., November 21, 2016.

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Johnthony Walker, 24, is seen in a booking photo released by the Chattanooga Police after being taken into custody and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennesse November 21, 2016.

(Chattanooga Police Department/Handout via REUTERS)

Rescue officials at the scene of a school bus crash involving several fatalities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S., November 21, 2016.

(Courtesy of Chattanooga Fire Dept/Handout)

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators view the wreck of a school bus in which several children were killed, at a depot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. November 22, 2016.

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Rescue officials at the scene of a school bus crash involving several fatalities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S., November 21, 2016.

(Courtesy of Chattanooga Fire Dept/Handout)

Christopher Hart (C), chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, speaks with Chattanooga Police and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers while viewing the wreck of a school bus in which several children were killed, at a depot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. November 22, 2016.

(NTSB/Handout via REUTERS)

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