Dundee bus kiss driver working for transport firm
A Dundee school bus driver who kissed a 14-year-old girl in his coach has got another job with a transport firm.
Christopher Forbes was put on the sex offenders register after the kiss on the National Express Number 17 Whitfield service.
The 36-year-old was seen driving a Fishers Tours recovery coach outside Monifieth High in Angus after a bus broke down at the end of August.
But the firm insists pupils had left in a replacement coach before Mr Forbes arrived.
Mr Forbes was banned from approaching kids after he admitted kissing the pupil in the back of his coach in 2013.
His ban on approaching youngsters has now expired.
The father-of-three said: “I only work in an office now.
“It’s completely done and dusted.”
Dundee-based Fishers Tours has a £2 million school bus contract with Angus Council.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “Contractors must provide a list of employees undertaking school duties including dates of checks.
“We are satisfied these conditions are being met.”
In 2013 Mr Forbes was spotted in the act of kissing a schoolgirl in a lay-by by a shocked pedestrian, who reported the incident to National Express Dundee’s customer service department.
Bosses then pulled tapes from the bus’s CCTV system, which showed the driver walking to the back of the bus with the girl.
He had previously blasted the allegations as a “complete pack of lies” and claimed “nothing happened at all”.
Bus driver spared jail term after romping with a 14-year-old girl at the back of his vehicle
A BUS driver who had a clinch with a 14-year-old girl at the back of his vehicle walked free yesterday.
Christopher Forbes, 33, (pictured above) was placed on the sex offenders’ register after the sordid episode with the child. Forbes dodged a custodial sentence after the judge said he would be better rehabilitated in the community
But the married dad was let off with a community payback order (CPO).
Sheriff Tom Hughes said: “The circumstances of what happened here are quite unacceptable and can’t be tolerated.”
The Dundee sheriff said he wouldn’t jail Forbes because he would be better rehabilitated in the community.
An earlier hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court heard Forbes pulled his bus over, took it out of service and put the lights off before kissing and cuddling the schoolgirl.
A passer-by reported the incident to National Express. Forbes initially denied the clinch. But in court in May, he admitted sexual activity with an underage girl.
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie said Forbes had been called to a meeting with his bosses.
She added: “He said the girl had wanted to talk to him and that’s why he had put the lights off.
“He admitted he had cuddled and kissed her”
The clinch happened in March while Forbes was driving the No17 service from Dundee Technology Park to Whitfield.
Defence lawyer Gary Foulis said the pervert had difficulties in his relationship with his partner but is back in the
The CPO means Forbes must carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work. He is banned from any contact with girls aged under 17.
He has since quit his job with National Express.