Police: Rogers School Bus Driver Sexually Assaulted 9 Year Old

A Rogers school bus driver was arrested Friday after police say he sexually assaulted a young girl for four years, starting when she was nine years old, according to the Rogers Police Department.

Stephen Betts, 51, was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail on Friday afternoon on suspicion of second degree sexual assault. He remains in jail awaiting a bond hearing, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Betts was a school district transportation department employee at the time of his arrest, police said. School district spokeswoman Ashley Siwiec said Betts was a bus driver trainer and transportation clerk.

Rogers police said Betts had inappropriate sexual and physical contact with a local girl from the time she was nine years old until she was 13. She is now 22 years old.

The allegations do not appear to have occurred on school district property or to have involved any Rogers students.

The suspect resigned Friday, and school officials accepted his resignation, Siwiec said. Betts had been a school district employee since 2001, she said.

Betts’ arraignment is scheduled for July 14, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Benton County Circuit Court states police earlier this month began investigating Betts after the victim came forward to police.

She said Betts used to perform sex acts on her and force her to perform sexual acts on him. She counted “several” incidents over the four-year time span, the affidavit states. At one point, Betts “told her that he was going to educaste her about her body and about puberty,” according to the report.

The victim said she told her mother about the incidents, but she didn’t believe her initially. The mom later confronted Betts, and he apologized, the affidavit states.

The report states police conducted a controlled phone call June 5 between Betts and the victim, in which the suspect admitted to the allegations and said he was “mortified” by his actions.

“(The victim) asked Stephen why he did this to her. Stephen replied that at that point in his life, he was so buried in pornography that it was consuming him,” the probable cause affidavit states. “Stephen stated that he got caught up in it and could not get out of it and lost his head.”

23 comments

  • objectivefodder

    Dear God, here we go again. What gives? I don’t get it. How is it that these guys live with themselves and adapt to our environment with this behavior? I don’t understand! Every other day, another sexual impropriety with yet, another under aged child. Geeesh…

  • Trish B.

    What in God’s name is happening? If you are a sexual abuser, throw yourself on the mercy of the court, or someone who has been abused, tell a police officer. Ask for a lady police officer. They will help you.

  • Happy

    This has gone on since the beginning of time….thank God we are now being made aware of this and something is done about it.

  • soonerfan

    I agree with FedUp get a Rope and Hang him. These people are pathetic. Give him what he deserves.

  • sad truth

    Im just wondering if Benton County schools has a place on their application that say IF YOUR ARE A CHILD MO- LESTER PLEASE APPLY ITS SEEMS EVERY DAY ANOTHER CHILD IS GETTING MO-LESTED BY A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE IN BENTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS ..ARE THESE FIRST TIME A FENDERS. WHERE IS THE BACKGROUND CHECKS ..

  • sad and mortified

    Im deeply sickened by his actions. This shocked me greatly. I used to know the betts family and find this hard to believe. He was not only a bus driver but used to be my youth pastor. I hate that this happened at all but I pray this is the only case. People shouldn’t use their positions to take advantage of children.

  • LT

    Let’s get him a rope and channel 5 spell check. I have no idea what educaste means but I hope someone can do it to him.

  • Eutychus II

    It is terribly pathetic that a news outlet has to resort to misleading headlines to get attention. What happened to doing the hard work necessary to report relevant, important news.

  • Josie

    You guys are so mean. Cut the guy some slack. Yeah he did something really bad, like REALLY bad but “rope”? Seriously? I’m sure you people have done some bad things and at one point in your life will do something pretty dramatic so stop judging the man. He’s going through enough already, he doesn’t need anymore of your “he should be hung” comments to get him down. I have known him for 6 years and never did he do that to me so you can’t say he tried doing that to everyone. God forgives everyone’s sins and that man is forgiven and deep down who cares what you shits say about him because he’s a great man and friend.

    • HL

      Well, josie, I have done a few things I shouldn’t have done. But, guess what. I’ve NEVER taken advantage of an innocent child. Or anyone else, for that matter. Have you? Maybe you think what this creep did is excusable, as long as he didn’t do to you? Society is far better off without people like betts, AND people who sympathize with them, in it.

  • FedUp

    So in your opinion he is a great man, correct? To you maybe so, but to the law he is a predator.who need to be tried in a court of law and sentanced accordingly. A prison psychologist may be able to help him.

    • Josie

      I say so and yes if the law says he needs to be sentenced to prison, then a psychologist would be great to help him out but he doesn’t need your opinions on here or you calling him sick names.

  • Amanda

    This guy is one sick pervert who needs to be put away for good no mercy. Even if he begs for mercy don’t let him have it. This guy doesn’t deserve mercy. He wasn’t giving that poor girl mercy or how bad it would scare her for the rest of her life. I will pray for the girl in this bad mess.

  • sad truth

    MERCY HAHABAAAA CUT HIM SOME SLACK HOW STUPID ARE YOU JOSIE JUST BECAUSE HE IS YOUR FRIEND AND DIDNT DO ANYTHING TO YOU WHAT ABOUT THE POOR GIRL HE DID DO THINGS TO WHAT ABOUT HER MAYBE YOU THINK HE SHOULD GET SLACK ENOUGH SO HE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THIS TO ANOTHER POOR GIRL. HOW MANY OTHER GIRLS HAS HE
    MO- LESTED SHOULD HE GET SOME SLACK FOR THAT TO.I THINK YOU ARE REALLY IGNORENT CAUSE MOST OF THESE SICK PEOPLE HAVE DONE THIS MORE THAN ONCE AND WHY WAS HE A SCHOOL BUS HMMM MAYBE TROLLING FOR HIS NEXT VICTIM.. I GUESS YOU THINK HE SHOULD GET TO KEEP DRIVING THE SCHOOL BUS ALSO MAYBE YOU ARE AS SICK AS HE IS
    POOR SICK BUS DRIVER GOOD OLE BENTON COUTY HAS DONE IT AGAIN..

  • Karen

    Josie, your life is ruined after this happens to you. You never, ever feel like a normal person. I hope he rots in hell!!!!!!!!!

  • Amanda

    Karen is right this low life needs to be put away for the rest of his life. This guy is a animal. …

  • hogfan

    No one knows if he will rot and burn in hell for eternity except God. Does he need to pay on earth for his crime? Certainly, and I hope he gets the book thrown at him, but God will do the judging as to what will happen in the afterlife. If he repents of his sins, God will forgive him of his sins and he will spend eternity in heaven; if not, then he will go to hell. That goes true for EVERYONE.

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