PHOENIX - A public transit bus driver has been arrested after allegedly propositioning a minor girl for sex.
Phoenix police report that on September 12, they arrested 52-year-old Sean Usher near 40th Street and Union Hills Drive. Police say since August, Usher developed a relationship with a girl about to turn 16 years old, who was a frequent passenger on his bus.
Over time, Usher would reportedly spend his break time with the girl at a convenience store near the bus stop. He would buy her candy and drinks, and their conversation eventually turned sexual with Usher requesting sexual photos of the girl.
After the girl reported the incident to police, a detective assumed the identity of the victim and continued the relationship via text. During that time, Usher allegedly sent sexually explicit photos of himself, one of them was taken while he was driving his bus.
The detective, posing as the victim, set up a meeting with Usher at their usual convenience store near 40th Street and Union Hills Drive where Usher was arrested.
Upon his arrest, Usher reportedly told police that he "talks sexually with other passengers on the bus, but she is the only person he has ever tried to meet in person." He also allegedly told police that he "doesn't see anything wrong with talking sexually with a 16-year-old girl."
Usher says he has been a driver with Veolia Transportation for seven years.
He has been charged with luring of a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.