Barren County Schools bus driver accused of child sex crime

GLASGOW, Ky. – A school bus driver for the Barren County School district is accused of a child sex crime.

The Barren County Sheriff’s Office charged Randall James Hastedt, 34, Tuesday with one count of attempt to use of a minor in a sexual performance.

The incident comes as a shock to the school district, as Hastedt had a clean record with no previously reported issues.

Hastedt was operating the school bus when it was reported that he offered a female juvenile $20 twice in exchange for her to show him her breasts, according to his arrest warrant.

Hastedt resigned from his job Tuesday, Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Houchens said.

“It was a just a matter of a few minutes after it was reported to the high school that it was brought to my attention. We had detectives there probably 10 to 15 minutes later. We conducted our investigation, and had it wrapped up by the end of the day,” said Houchens, who is also a school resource officer for Barren County schools.

Hastedt was a substitute school bus driver. There is an extensive hiring process for the job.

“There’s strenuous background checks that are done. They go through trainings to make sure they’re driving safely,” said Anthony Frazier, director of personnel at Barren County School District.

The incident appears to have been isolated. Houchens said he still feels comfortable letting his child ride the bus.

“I deal with the bus drivers every day. I’m 100% into this district. I have a child starting in this district in August. I have no reservations about anything. I think this is an isolated incident,” he said.

District officials believe the incident was quickly reported due to the district’s “see something, say something campaign” that eventually lead to the driver’s arrest.

“The school was notified by another student that had heard that this had happened. They did a great job of reporting it, which lead to us being able to investigate it,” Frazier said.

The young girl in the complaint rebuffed Hastedt’s alleged request and was otherwise unharmed in the incident.

“The school system, they promote ‘see something say something.’ If you see something, hear it, you need to report it. Don’t be scared to report that. There’s some amnesty there on that. Sometimes we get folks that come in and they don’t tell us things, because they’re afraid to get in trouble,” said Houchens.

Hastedt is currently lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.