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Logan police arrest bus driver for sexual exploitation of a minor

Jan 20, 2023, 11:54 AM | Updated: 3:16 pm
A Logan police cruiser is pictured outside the department on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.  (Spenser Hea...
A Logan police cruiser is pictured outside the department on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

LOGAN, Utah — Police in Logan, Utah, have arrested 61-year-old Darrin Smith for sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a press release, Internet Crimes Against Children investigators with the Logan Police Department arrested Smith for downloading child pornography to a home computer. The download reportedly occurred in the fall of 2022.

Smith is currently employed as a bus driver for the Cache and Logan School Districts, police said, and there is no evidence suggesting Smith used his position to commit offenses against minors.

Logan police said both the Cache and Logan School Districts have been notified of the arrest.

Responses from Logan City and Cache County schools

On Friday afternoon, a representative from Cache County School District confirmed that Smith drove bus routes for Cache County and Logan City School Districts and provided this statement:

Thus far, there is no evidence that any of the alleged criminal behavior occurred within the scope of his employment as a school bus driver. He was immediately placed on indefinite administrative leave pending a full investigation. The District is cooperating fully with the Logan Police Department in their investigation.

Logan City Schools sent a statement to parents on Friday afternoon, indicating that Cache County School District provides transportation for its students, ” … including the route that serves your student.

“Thus far, there is no evidence that his actions carried over into his job as an employee. He was immediately placed on indefinite administrative leave pending a full investigation.”

Smith was taken into custody “without incident,” on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2023.

 

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