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FLORENCE, Ariz. -

A high school bus driver accused of sending a lewd video to a 17-year-old student has been arrested.

Parents were first notified about the arrest through a voicemail from the Queen Creek school.

Timothy Downs, 31, has been driving school buses for the Florence Unified School District for the past three years.

On Thursday morning, a student at Poston Butte High School told a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy who happened to be at the school that her friend had received an inappropriate video of the bus driver.

"It is a grown man showing high school students pictures.  It is disgusting," said a student.

News of the arrest has been slowly making its way around the San Tan Valley campus.

"I can't believe that something like that would happen in this little town," said Sierra, a student.

Police say the bus driver, who passed all the necessary background checks to get the job, admitted to sending the 17-year-old victim who rode his bus three videos of himself.  He also admitted to knowing she was underage.

"That is like, younger kids.  You shouldn't be doing that," said Sierra.

In a recorded phone call to parents Thursday afternoon, the school's principal described what happened and told them the situation was dealt with immediately.

"I think it is absolutely disgusting," said Megan Dear, a parent.

After getting the call, Dear spent the night trying to find more information and didn't have much luck.

"Our children are with the bus drivers and the faculty of the school more than they are with their families.  We have to be able to trust them that they are going to be safe throughout the school," she said.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Timothy Downs betrayed the trust of this victim, her family, the Florence Unified School District and the community. He was entrusted with the welfare of the students while transporting them to and from school and he took advantage of his position and preyed on the victim. He will now sit behind bars and a judge will determine his future."

Downs remains in jail.  He was booked for furnishing harmful material to a minor. 

The school district says the governing board will now determine his future with the district.

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