UPDATE: The Long County School System has fired a bus driver arrested this week by the Long County Sheriff’s Office on child molestation charges.
According to Long County School Superintendent David Edwards, James "Andy" Linson's initial hire date was Oct. 23, 2015. His employment with the system was terminated on Monday, Aug. 12, following an executive session of the Board of Education.
The school system issued the following news release Wednesday:
“We are aware of the arrest of James Linson and are fully cooperating with the Long County Sheriff’s Department. This bus driver has been terminated from employment with the Long County School System. Please contact the Long County Sheriff’s Department with any questions or pertinent information.”
The Long County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding
the arrest of one of their local school bus drivers.
Sheriff Craig Nobles said that on Aug. 7, the Long County Sheriff's Office received a report alleging illegal conduct by a Long County Board of Education employee.
Nobles directed his detective unit to conduct a full investigation on the matter.
He said the investigation corroborated the claims of illegal conduct.
James A. Linson, 49, of a Long County address, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Molestation, Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Sexual Assault, and Tampering with Evidence. Each offense is a Felony.
Linson was a substitute bus driver for the Long County Board of Education. The Long County Board of Education has fully cooperated and supported this Law Enforcement investigation.
The Long County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate any allegation of misconduct or illegal activity which occurs in and around Long County Schools or affects the Staff and Students of the School System.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (912) 545-2118