State College school bus driver from Howard charged with sharing alcohol, sexually explicit material with children

lfalce@centredaily.comMarch 21, 2014 

A Howard woman has been charged with sharing alcohol and sexually explicit material with children.

Daisey Joe Hartley, 37, was charged Feb. 14 with three counts of corruption of minors and three counts of selling or furnishing liquor to minors, according to court documents filed with District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker.

Hartley is free on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing in the matter is scheduled for April 2.

The charges stem from a June 15, 2013, incident in Howard in which Hartley allegedly gave beer and wine coolers to two teenagers and a younger adolescent at a gathering, after having one of the teenagers drive her to purchase the alcohol, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

In that document, she also is accused of showing the minors a collection of sex toys and a pornographic video.

Centre County Children and Youth Services became involved in the case in September after one of the minors reported the incident to a parent. Rockview barracks Trooper Brian Wakefield and CYS worker Janelle Miller conducted the interviews with the minors.

Hartley has been employed as a bus driver for Long Motor Buses, driving for the State College Area School District. Her page on social media site LinkedIn also lists her as a driver for Long.

State College Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said Friday that she is no longer driving in the district.

“We are aware of an incident with an employee of a contractor for the district,” O’Donnell said. “Obviously, it’s a very sensitive matter. The safety and security of our students is our top priority.”

When asked about Hartley’s employment status Friday, a representative who answered the phone at Long said there was no comment and employees were not to speak with the media.

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