On Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, Gulfport police arrested a registered sex offender
who was doing more than just driving a van without a valid license, he
was driving 14 children to school.
The passengers were between the ages of 2 and 12-years-old; they were all
riding in the van operated by D & Dee Transportation Services. The
black Ford van was en-route to various area schools, including Douglas
Jamerson Elementary, Gulfport Elementary, Fairmount Park Elementary, and
Thurgood Marshall Middle School when it was pulled over.
A. Harrington’s driver’s license was revoked due to several
suspensions for driving under the influence (DUI), in addition to controlled
substances charges, according to the Gulfport Police Department.
In June 1998, Harrington was arrested on a charge of sexual battery of
a minor, however, he was not prohibited from having contact with children,
according to police.
As of Oct. 26, the police did not know how long Harrington had been driving
children to school, but there was not any immediate indication that he
had subjected any children to inappropriate conduct.
Why Police Pulled the Van Over
The police pulled the van over Monday morning (Oct. 26) after an incident
that occurred last week. On Friday, Harrington reportedly dropped a 5-year-old
boy off at his home and left him there unattended.
The boy’s mother said that she didn’t know that he was a registered
The police notified each of the children’s parents and are continuing
their investigation into Harrington and D & Dee Transportation, the
Tampa Bay Times reported.
Harrington has a history of run-ins with the law, including:
- An arrest in 2014 for felony battery
An arrest in 2006 for failure to register as a
Two counts of
possession, sale or delivery of cocaine
- A 2005 arrest for possession, sale or delivery of a controlled substance
It’s unclear as to whether D & Dee Transportation had knowledge
of Harrington’s criminal record, and driver’s license revocation.
In any case, it’s likely that the transportation company, which
is hired to drive children to school, will be under government scrutiny
in search of any red flags.
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