Paradise Valley school bus driver arrested for online luring of teen

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James Louis Baker By Jennifer Thomas James Louis Baker By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler police detectives arrested a school bus driver after they say he arranged to have sex with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

James Louis Baker, 54, of Phoenix, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on felony charges of dangerous crimes against children, including sexual exploitation of a minor and luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

Police said Baker began an online relationship with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in June. He reportedly used the screen name "ILUVCLASSICCARS" and engaged in numerous chats with the girl.

Police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler said Baker exposed himself via a webcam during the chats and said he wanted to meet up with the girl and have sex.

Baker and the girl arranged to meet Thursday at a Chandler park and detectives took him into custody when he arrived.

Baker is employed as a school bus driver with the Paradise Valley Unified School District. In a written statement, school district officials said Baker passed a DPS background check in 2002 and they do not believe any of their students have been harmed.

Anyone who may have been contacted by Baker or has any information about this case is asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.