Parents everywhere are getting a somber reminder out of Oswego County that dangers to their child can even come in the form of people they trust with their young ones’ safety.

A former school bus driver in Northern New York has pleaded guilty to federal charges for allegedly sexually exploiting a child riding on his bus.

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The U.S. Justice Department, Northern New York says 61-year-old Frederick Haresign of Oswego pleaded guilty March 22 to possessing child pornography.

He faces 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced in July. He must also make restitution to the victim and, on his release, file as a sex offender.

Authorities say on or about April 19, 2017 Haresign, while employed as a Fulton School bus driver, provided a child on his bus with nicotine, cash, and other gifts in exchange for making sexually explicit videos and selfies and giving those to Haresign.

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A report in the Watertown Daily Times says a parent alerted authorities. The report says the Fulton City School District confirmed Haresign drove for Golden Sun Bus Service.

Upon receiving notice of the investigation, Golden Sun removed the veteran bus driver from active service and now has terminated his employment.

The criminal complaint filed in Federal Court indicates the alleged victim was interviewed by law enforcement officials last April while the alleged incident took place over the course of several months four years earlier.

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