CCSD bus driver accused of sexual relationship with teen expected to take plea deal
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The Clark County School District bus driver accused of having a sexual relationship with a student was back in court on Friday.
Dominique Joiner, along with his defense attorney, indicated that he plans to accept a plea deal with the state.
The 24-year-old was arrested this past spring, accused of sexual misconduct with a student.
The 17-year-old Northwest Career and Technical Academy student told police that she met Joiner on a bus back in March. She says the two had flirtatious conversations and that she sent him photos of herself partially clothed and in the nude. The teen also told police that they met up and had sex on at least two occasions, which she adds was consensual.
On Friday in court, the 24-year-old asked the judge to waive his preliminary hearing, indicating he would accept a plea deal.
If he does, in fact, take the deal, Joiner will have to admit guilt. He will then most likely be sentenced to three years probation -- a term recommended in the plea deal's negotiations. Joiner is also then expected to have to register as a sex offender.
If he is able to get through the probation term without any issues, the plea deal lays out plans to have his charge reduced to a gross misdemeanor. He is then also expected to be given the chance to have his name cleared as a registered sex offender.
"Anytime we get a case that is going to involves someone that is with the school district, we are going to take it really seriously. We are going to reach out to them, we are going to talk about the possibilities, go through what the process is like, and that happened in this case as well," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Alexander Chen.
Joiner will be released from behind bars and placed on house arrest today. He is scheduled to face a judge on Sept. 19, when he is expected to accept the deal.