Former Carl Junction bus driver ordered to house arrest outside Jasper County

Former Carl Junction bus driver ordered to house arrest outside Jasper County

A judge decides bond conditions after the court hears from an alleged victim of sex crimes.

Former Carl Junction bus driver Dennis Frakes, 67, is charged with one count of sodomy and one count of sexual contact with a former female student.

During a bond reduction hearing today, Nov. 27, the alleged victim and the victim advocate spoke in court about the suspect. They indicated “concern regarding the Defendant if he remained in the Jasper County area but less concern if he did not reside in the SW Missouri area,” according to court notes.

A Jasper County judge ordered Dennis Frakes to be released no earlier than November 29th to the custody of his son. Frakes must live with his son in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, according to court notes. He will be on house arrest and must wear an ankle monitor.

Frakes can’t have contact with the victim or anyone under the age of 18-years-old. He’s only allowed to travel to Jasper County for court, to meet with his attorney and for doctor visits. The victim’s advocate must be told of the doctor visits in advance.

Frakes’s bond was set at $50,000 cash.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Frakes is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old student at a band competition at Missouri Southern State University in March 2015. He then allegedly inappropriately touched the victim again in August 2017 at his home.

After the arrest, Carl Junction Schools posted to Facebook that the school district received a report about Frakes on October 25th and fired him an hour after they learned of the incident.

The minor in question was not a rider on his bus route.

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