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Hillsborough Schools send home letters about accused bus driver

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Steve Hegarty of Hillsborough County Schools Steve Hegarty of Hillsborough County Schools
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The arrest of Dacquiri Crawford came about as part of a massive Tampa police undercover operation.

Crawford is accused of sexually assaulting a 12 year old boy behind Blake High School Thursday night.

"Because of some of the statements that he made while he was committing the crime and some other tips our detectives developed...we felt there was a strong possibility he would come back to the scene the next night," said Laura McElroy,Tampa Police Dept.

Instead of immediately sounding a community alarm, for the next 24 hours police launched an intense neighborhood search. "The first layer was an inner perimeter heavy with undercover officers. The second layer was an outer perimeter and we brought in extra undercover officers so we could have this mutilayer approach searching for the suspect," said McElroy.

Crawford -did- return to the scene and was arrested.

Sunday a judge denied him bond.

Today, from jail, he officially resigned from his job as a Hillsborough County School bus driver.

Crawford drove students from Gorrie Elementary, Madison Middle School and Blake High School. "The kids knew him, apparently he was very popular, nice guy, he knew the kids by name and all. So the kids were well aware of it and chatting about it. Principals didn't hear anything that gave them concern.," said Stephen Hegarty, Hillsborough School District Spokesperson.

The school district also reviewed past videotape from Crawford's bus, and sent home a letter with the student bus riders, informing parents and asking them to call police if their child reported anything inappropriate.

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