Sex Offender Arrested While Driving Kids to Florida Schools

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A. Harrington’s driver’s license was revoked due to several suspensions for driving under the influence (DUI), in addition to controlled substances charges, according to the Gulfport Police Department.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 sex offender.

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 sex offender
  • 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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