Ill. school bus monitor charged for child sex abuse

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) – A 76-year-old school bus monitor faces charges of sex abuse and exploitation of a child, according to Collinsville police.

Madison County State's Attorney charged Thomas Hartsoe, of Fairmont City, with felonious aggravated criminal sex abuse and sexual exploitation of a child Friday.

According to police, Collinsville School District Unit 10 reported a complaint of inappropriate contact between Hartsoe, who is employed by First Student, and a student. After an investigation, with cooperation from the bus company and school district, police identified Hartsoe as a suspect.

Hartsoe is being held in Collinsville Police Department with bond set at $200,000.

No further information about the specific incident was immediately available.

Police continue to investigate and are looking for other potential victims or witnesses involving Hartsoe. If you have any information, you're asked to contact Detective Bud Jeremias at 618-344-2131 extension 5275 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.


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