Timothy Downs

Pinal County Sheriff's Office

A school bus driver was booked into the Pinal County jail Thursday after sending sexually explicit videos to a student.

Timothy Downs, 31, of Mesa, faces a charge of furnishing harmful material to a minor after sending three videos of himself masturbating to a 17-year-old student, Sgt. Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

Downs works for the Florence Unified School District. The victim was a passenger on his bus.

Sheriff’s investigators were alerted to the videos by a friend of the victim who attends Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley northwest of Tucson.

“Downs was interviewed by detectives and admitted to knowing that the victim is a minor who rode his bus, and admitted to sending the victim three videos of him masturbating,” Ramirez said.