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Church bus driver charged with raping two children was also accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in 2013 and KEPT HIS JOB

Court records have revealed that a Tennessee church bus driver who has been accused of raping two young children had faced similar charges in 2013, according to LocalMemphis.com.

Edwin Burgess, 55, was accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in 2013. Covington Police Chief Buddy Lewis said the previous allegation against Burgess was reported to a detective who is no longer on the force and that the case was turned over to the Tipton County Sheriff’s department. LocalMemphis.com reached out to Tipton County officials, but they had no record of the case on file.

As previously reported by Crime Online, Burgess allegedly had sexual contact with two children, ages 9 and 10, after he is said to have baited them into playing a horrific game of “Truth or dare.”

A police affidavit states that Burgess, an employee of the Central Christian Church, carried on sexually abusing these children for six months, during the first half of 2017.

The 55-year-old’s attorney, Jere Mason, would not speak on the 2013 offense, but did note that his client maintains his total innocence.

“He was very surprised, we’ve had detailed conversations with him,” his lawyer stated. “He was shocked, he doesn’t understand why these statements were made.”

Mason also hopes that the 2013 accusation of child rape won’t color his client’s public perception, in relation to the current charges.

“Everybody deserves a fervent defense and right now all we have is an affidavit, which is an accusation. We don’t know what’s true and what isn’t true,” he said. “With charges like this, it’s so easy to jump to a negative conclusion, so we don’t want that to happen.”

Burgess will face a preliminary hearing on July 14.

[Featured Image: Covington Police]