Rush County bus driver sentneced for sexual misconduct with teen at Henry County campground

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Update (Nov. 20, 2017)-- Anthony Keith was sentenced was sentenced to 14 years, with one year suspended for probation. He'll be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years once released from prison.

Update (Oct. 25, 2017)-- A jury found Anthony Keith guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation and possession of child pornography. He was found not guilty on another count of sexual misconduct with a minor. He will be sentenced on Nov. 20.

Original story:

RUSH COUNTY, Ind. (March 15, 2016) – A bus driver in Rush County is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in Henry County.

Anthony Keith, 48, of Arlington, Indiana, was arrested Monday. He faces charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, Level 4 Felony, vicarious sexual gratification, Level 5 Felony, child solicitation, Level 5 Felony, and possession of child pornography, Level 6 felony.

Court documents said the 14-year old victim in the case knew Anthony Keith through multiple summers spent at the Yogi Bear campground in Knightstown.

Earlier this year, the victim told her friend the inappropriate contact had been going on for three years, that she was in love with Keith and wanted to marry him.

That friend told her father, who alerted the parents of the victim along with authorities, on February 1, 2016.

The victim would later tell investigators in an interview on February 11, 2016 that by October 2015, her encounters with Keith were sexual in nature. Two instances occurred at the campground, one at a barn and another along a haunted trail.

Court documents indicate Keith and the teen exchanged explicit texts and images. The two even came up with code words for their private parts.

Keith was stored with the name “BAE” in the teen’s mobile devices.

Tuesday afternoon, camp management confirmed Keith was on the books there working as a camp ranger for at least one season. Manager Jan Leary said the news came as a surprise.

“We try to keep it safe for kids. If we’d known something was going on, we would’ve taken action, said Leary.

But one former camper said management did know and chose not to do anything.

She told CBS4 that she and her husband witnessed suspicious activity between the victim and Keith and spoke up about it, though they did not call the Indiana Department of Child Services themselves.

“My husband and I noticed she (the victim) was in a camper with him, his camper across the road for four hours. We thought that was a little odd,” she said, “They all knew… Everything was pushed under the rug.”

It is a claim campsite manager Jan Leary denied.

“We were shocked about it,” she said, “That’s the first time we heard the allegations was when he was arrested.”

Keith bonded out of jail Tuesday after his first appearance in Henry County Circuit Court. Nobody came to the door of his Rush County home when we knocked.

Keith is a bus driver for the Rush County School Corporation.  Superintendent Matt Vance told CBS4 he'd been employed since 2011, and the district had no record of disciplinary issues. Vance also released the statement below.

Rush County Schools is working with local law enforcement authorities concerning the arrest of one of our bus drivers.

The driver has been placed on administrative leave until further notice pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

Our school system maintains high expectations for all and we will continue to work with authorities through this process.

 

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