Ex-driver pleads guilty to child-sex charges

Becky Campbell • Jan 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

A former public transportation driver pleaded guilty Tuesday to several charges that he had sex with a juvenile while taking the boy to a youth treatment center.

Michael Dave Pike, 58, entered the best-interest plea on four counts of aggravated statutory rape in exchange for a two-year sentence.

Pike received two years on each count, but the plea agreement allows the sentences to be served concurrently.

Assistant District Attorney Ken Baldwin told Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood that Pike, who drove a bus for NET Trans at the time, had consensual sex with the teen on four occasions during trips from the boy’s home to Steppenstone Youth Treatment Center in Limestone.

According to court records in the case, the first incident between Pike and the teen occurred in October 2011.

The victim told Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Taylor that Pike pulled off the road near the Washington College campus and into a secluded area.

Once stopped, Pike “persuaded the victim to perform oral sex on him.”

After that, Pike drove on to Steppenstone and dropped the teen off. On another occasion when Pike was taking the juvenile home from Steppenstone, he’s accused of stopping in a cornfield near Adams and Corby Road.

According to Taylor’s report, Pike gave the victim a condom, told him to put it on and ordered the teen to perform sex.

A third incident is also documented, according to Taylor’s affidavit.

There is no indication how old the victim is, but Steppenstone is a comprehensive youth treatment center that serves adolescent boys ages 12-17.

Pike has been in custody since his arrest in January 2012.

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