2007-06-27 / For The Record

Former bus driver convicted of child molestation

By MeShae Hankerson Intern

A former Burke County school bus driver was sentenced Monday for impregnating a 15-year-old passenger on his route.

Renzo Whitfield, 40, of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty to child molestation in Burke County Superior Court before Judge James Blanchard Jr.

Judge Blanchard sentenced him to 10 years in prison and another 10 years probation.

After the victim gave birth to the child in 2005, school officials reported the incident to the Burke County Sheriff's Office. A DNA test proved Whitfield was the father.

Whitfield was also fined $1,000 and will be added to the Georgia sex offender registry.

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