Substitute bus driver arrested for child pornography
May 11, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 12:45 p.m. May 11, 2012
Federal agents arrested a substitute bus driver for the Issaquah School District for child pornography possession Thursday.
In the course of the investigation, security officials told district officials no evidence exists to believe any inappropriate or illegal activities occurred as the driver — identified as Carnation resident Andrew Bernard Rekdahl in court documents — worked for the district.
Prosecutors charged charged Rekdahl with possession and distribution of child pornography.
“This is obviously a very serious charge, and our first priority is making sure that he acted as a professional at all times while driving for us,” Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a statement released early Friday afternoon.
Prosecutors said Rekdahl shared explicit images and videos of boys online.
In customary procedure, the Issaquah district cleared the substitute driver through mandatory state and federal background checks before he started driving in November. Both background checks accurately showed a clean record.
The district never received complaints or concerns about the driver during his short employment.
District administrators have immediately stopped employing the driver with any future substitute assignments. The district is also investigating footage of him driving his routes. Officials confirmed he never activated or used his employee email account.
In 2010, Rekdahl worked as a teacher at Eastside Catholic High School.
The district is also compiling a list of specific routes Rekdahl drove as a substitute bus drivers.
If parents have concerns after talking to child, district officials asked them to email DriverConcerns@issaquah.wednet.edu.