Westminster school bus driver arrested on suspicion sex crimes


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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A school bus driver for Westminster Public Schools was arrested Tuesday in Weld County in connection with an Internet sex crime investigation.

For more than a year, Phillip Ogren, 66, was a bus driver who worked three routes for Westminster Public Schools. But that ended after his arrest Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security on suspicion of child pornography and attempted sexual assault of a child.

Little is known about the circumstances surrounding the arrest, but in a statement to parents online, the school district said Ogren was arrested “in connection with an investigation into internet sex crimes.

“We have identified the bus routes driven by the employee and Westminster Public Schools is personally reaching out to families whose children may have been on buses driven by the employee. Again, at this point there is no reason to believe any of our children were at risk," the statement said.

Though the district won’t identify Ogren’s bus routes, one of them included Mesa Elementary School.

"Scary," parent Stefani Bistranin said.

The Mesa Elementary parent's daughter was not on Ogren's route, but she said the news is still upsetting.

"You're supposed to be able to trust these people with your children and it's scary that they're not always good people out there, that they're able to hide stuff and that's scary," Bistranin said.

Ogren resigned Wednesday before being booked at jail and posting bail.

No one at Ogren's home had any comment.

The district said the former bus driver was hired in December 2014, and passed all required background and safety checks then.

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