Ashland school bus driver charged with sex crime involving 14-year-old; Crestview superintendent ‘extremely disturbed’ by accusations

Ashland school bus driver charged with sex crime involving 14-year-old; Crestview superintendent ‘extremely disturbed’ by accusations
Mugshot for Timothy Calame (Source: Richland County Jail)

ASHLAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Mansfield police are asking for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity in South Park on Saturday afternoon to report it to law enforcement immediately.

The request from police comes after the arrest of 64-year-old Timothy Calame, an Ashland resident and Crestview Local Schools bus driver.

Calame has been charged with sexual imposition, assault, and unlawful restraint stemming from an incident involving a 14-year-old that occurred at Mansfield’s South Park on May 18.

Police were able to identify Calame as the suspect in the incident and located him in Ashland. He was arrested and booked at the Richland County Jail.

Crestview Superintendent issued the following statement:

"Saturday evening I was notified that bus driver Tim Calame was arrested by Mansfield City Police.

I am extremely disturbed to learn that Mr. Tim Calame had been arrested on charges of Unlawful Restraint and Sexual Imposition. As a result of these serious and disturbing charges, as required by law, Mr. Calame has been immediately suspended from his job duties as a bus driver in the Crestview Local School District. The safety and security of our students, both in school and on our school buses remains our top priority. We will cooperate with law enforcement during the investigation. While the alleged victim is not a Crestview student, this information is being shared as this issue impacts our school district community.

Mr. Calame has been employed by the Crestview Local School District as a sub driver from 1998 to 2017. He has been a regular route driver since November of 2017. During his employment with Crestview Schools, Mr. Calame passed mandatory BCI and FBI criminal background checks as required by state law. Mr. Calame also had a clean driving record and no discipline record.

At this time, if you have any additional information, please contact the Mansfield Police Department’s Captain Chari Robertson at (419)755-9724. The Crestview Local School District will have no further comment during the investigation."

Investigators are not going into more detail about the incident at this time.

Witnesses or individuals with more information can also contact Lt. Rob Skopits at 419-755-9755.

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