A Carl Junction school bus driver was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of having sex with minor that is no longer a student within the district. 57-year-old Dennis Ray Frakes, who drove bus #4, is charged with 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy after the incident was hotlined on October 25th. That student was not a rider on his bus route. Call Carl Junction Police at 417-649-7070 if you have any information.
Frakes is held on $50,000 cash only bond.
Carl Junction Schools issued the following statement on their Facebook page:
Dear Carl Junction Family,
Yesterday, the former driver on bus #4, Dennis Frakes, was arrested for inappropriate behaviors with a student. The minor is a former Carl Junction student and was not a rider on his bus route.
The district received a report on October 25. Within an hour of learning of this situation, Frakes was given due process and released from his employment at Carl Junction Schools.
The matter was hotlined and turned over to Carl Junction Police Department. This has been an open investigation until his arrest yesterday.
If you have additional information that would aid in the investigation, please call the Carl Junction Police Department at 417-649-7070.
As always, we value your partnership in keeping students safe – If you see something, say something.