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Police: Downers Grove bus driver charged with disorderly conduct after giving contact info to student

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:23 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE — A Downers Grove bus driver was charged with disorderly conduct after police say he handed a student a note with his contact information Tuesday morning.

Victor Ray, 52, of Addison was charged with one count of disorderly conduct, according to police. Police said a 12-year-old student was riding the bus to Highland School and upon exiting, the bus driver handed the student a note containing his contact information.

The note was immediately turned over to school officials, who contacted the bus company and the Downers Grove Police Department.

"At that time, the bus driver was immediately removed from further contact with students," according to a Downers Grove Police Department statement.

Ray was charged after a police investigation. He was released on bond pending a future court date.

Ray had been with the bus company, Westway Coach, for about two years, said John Benish Jr., chief operating officer for parent company Cook Illinois Corporation. He has since been terminated, Benish said.

All employees pass a complete background check that includes fingerprint checks against state and national databanks, Benish said. Ray came on with and, until this week, maintained a clean record, he said.

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