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OLATHE, Kan. -- A former Olathe school bus driver faced a judge on Wednesday, charged with inappropriately touching a young girl.

Police arrested 50-year-old Philip Brown on Wednesday morning, and by late afternoon, prosecutors charged him with aggravated indecent liberties. He's accused of inappropriately touching a female student under the age of 14.

According to court documents, the incident allegedly took place on February 20 of this year and involved a female victim born in 2007.

A spokesperson for Olathe Schools says several weeks ago when district officials heard that police were investigating Brown, the district asked First Student Bus Company to immediately release Brown from all of the district's bus routes.

The spokesperson also says the alleged inappropriate act did not occur during Brown’s shift, nor did it involve a bus rider on one of his routes.

On his Facebook page brown posted:

"I pray the victim and her mother will forgive a foolish man like me,” his post read. "I was not myself when it happened."

"I’m so sorry. I'm not a bad man,” Brown wrote. "Please, forgive me. Don't condemn me for the rest of my life."

In court Wednesday the former school bus driver didn't admit or deny the allegations against him. Brown did ask the judge for a public defender.

FOX 4’s Robert Townsend called First Student's corporate office in Ohio for comment, but did not get a reply. Meantime, Philip Brown remains in the Johnson County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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8 comments

  • Meganw

    I know Phil and this is something that as his friends we are all trying to understand. Phil is not someone we would have ever thought of like. I would trust him with my children. I have trusted him with my children. This is shocking to all of us. I just pray that in all this his his family and friends can heal from this.

    • Joe

      I hope you don’t trust him with your children anymore. Furthermore, you never know what someone may do so it is best if parents start raising their own children and not hire someone to do it for them. I understand this case is different, but just sayin’.

  • Mcc

    Why would you call the First Student corporate office? They don’t know him. He didn’t do this in his capacity as a bus driver. It was on his own time. It has nothing to do with First Student. You are just looking for an angle to sensationalize the story.

  • KD

    Philip Brown is a kind and humble man, who is just a big kid himself, at heart. I have known this man for several years now, and have enjoyed every day spent at the lot whenever he was around, because he knew how to make people smile, and just feel good about themselves.
    He is a kind-hearted, gentle man, who is close to God. I believe the mother has blown this out of proportion, and is just flat out wrong in her accusations.
    I pray for Philip, and know that God will exonerate him, by exposing the real truth about this issue. Philip is innocent!!

  • DR

    This is from the article:

    ” “I pray the victim and her mother will forgive a foolish man like me,” his post read. “I was not myself when it happened.”
    “I’m so sorry. I’m not a bad man,” Brown wrote. “Please, forgive me. Don’t condemn me for the rest of my life.” ”

    It definitely APPEARS that Philip is ADMITTING some transgressions … regardless of how much that ‘KD’ would like for ‘God to exonerate him’, that doesn’t appear like it is going to happen.