WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police say a 14-year-old girl recently gave birth to a child fathered by her school bus driver.
A judge set bond Thursday afternoon for Kevin Michael Wesley, Jr.
Wesley, 30, is charged with second and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The victim's mother told the judge through tears she wants Wesley to "be held accountable for his actions."
Bond was set at $400,000 Thursday afternoon and the judge ordered Wesley to have no contact with the victim, her family members or anyone under 18 without a supervising adult present. The judge told Wesley he can see his own family, including his two boys.
Wesley's girlfriend, father and aunt attended Thursday's bond hearing.
According to an affidavit, while Wesley was a bus driver, he befriended a then-14-year-old girl.
Police say when the girl was no longer on Wesley's bus route, between September 2015 and December 2015, he continued to keep in contact with her. After several months of correspondence via text and phone, Wesley persuaded the victim to sneak out of her residence to meet him, investigators say.
Police say Wesley picked up the girl a short distance from her home and took her to his apartment where he convinced her to have sexual intercourse with him. They then began a continuous sexual relationship that lasted until December 2015, the affidavit states.
"Throughout their relationship, the defendant chided the victim not to 'get him caught' and repeatedly referred to the 'risks' he took to be with her," the affidavit states.
A police report states the juvenile eventually told her mother about the improper relationship. Investigators say the victim gave birth to Wesley's child on Sept. 17.
Wesley told the judge he now lives in North Charleston, though at the time of the alleged incidents police said he lived in West Ashley. Wesley also told the judge he is unemployed.
Wesley said he was a school bus driver for seven years.