School bus driver accused of raping student in Hamilton County

photo Alexander Rodriquez

A local school bus driver is accused of taking one of his passengers - a 15-year-old girl - to a motel room and raping her, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Alexander Rodriquez, 34, is charged with rape for the incident that happened yesterday.

The 15-year-old high school student was reported missing around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and was last seen boarding the bus that Rodriquez was driving on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

When she returned home at about 10:16 p.m. Wednesday, she told deputies that after boarding the bus, she rode with Rodriquez to the garage where the buses are kept, and then got into his car and went to a motel with him.