There could be trouble in a rape case against a former rural public transportation bus driver if allegations in a sealed motion prove true, according to statements made in open court Tuesday.
Michael Dave Pike, 57, 2203 McKinley Road, is charged with four counts of aggravated statutory rape.
Pike was a driver for NET Trans, a rural public transportation line through the First Tennessee Human Resources Agency, and the offenses occurred on the bus while Pike was transporting a juvenile to SteppenStone Youth Treatment Center in Limestone.
Pike’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Bill Francisco, filed a motion in the case but the details are unavailable because it remains under seal to protect the identity of the juvenile victim.
But during Pike’s court appearance Monday, Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown cautioned state prosecutors there could be trouble for the case.
“There’s an interesting motion filed in this case. General, if what’s in the motion is true, you’ve got problems,” Brown told Assistant District Attorney Ken Baldwin.
“If this case goes to trial then any evidence of motive to falsify a statement or bring charges vindictively, then all of that’s going to come in,” Brown said.
Court records in the case show three incidents between Pike an the juvenile, the first which 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 proceeded to order 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.
Brown reset Pike’s case for a motion hearing in front of Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood on Sept. 4. Blackwood is hearing a portion of Brown’s docket due to Brown’s current health issues and upcoming hip surgery.
He also said he would consider letting Pike out of jail “if he didn’t have eight prior felony convicitons.”
Pike is being held in the Washington County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond while his case is pending. He was arrested in January.