PCSO: School bus driver sent sexual videos to student

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A bus driver with the Florence Unified School District was arrested after authorities said he sent a female student sexual videos of himself.

Timothy Downs, 31, of Mesa, faces charges of furnishing harmful material to a minor. He was booked into the Pinal County Jail on Thursday.

A Poston Butte High School student contacted the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and reported that a friend of hers, also a student at the school, had received a video of Downs masturbating.

Detectives contacted the 17-year-old and she confirmed that she had received the video from Downs, according to Sgt. Pat Ramirez.

Ramirez said Downs was interviewed by detectives and admitted to knowing that the victim is a minor who rode his bus and admitted to sending the victim three videos of him masturbating.

"Timothy Downs betrayed the trust of this victim, her family, the Florence Unified School District and the community," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a news release. "He was entrusted with the welfare of the students while transporting them to and from school and he took advantage of his position and preyed on the victim. He will now sit behind bars and a judge will determine his future."