School bus driver, convicted of child sex crime, spent 12 years driving local students

Brandon Addeo
York Dispatch
Central York High School in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A former Central York High School bus driver, who's now convicted of a child sex crime, worked as a bus driver for more than a decade.

Harry Clayton Frigm, 68, of York, pleaded guilty Aug. 12 in York County's Court of Common Pleas to a felony count of engaging in sexual contact with a child. Other counts, including indecent assault and corrupting a minor, were dismissed by prosecutors.

Police began investigating Frigm in January 2020 after a child reported being assaulted by him. Central York School District said he was removed from his job after the allegations came to light. 

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According to a criminal complaint, police found video footage of Frigm having sexually-oriented conversations with the child and, on one occasion, touching the child sexually. 

He was first hired as a bus driver for Central York High School in 2008, according to Edward Flavin, spokesperson for Illinois-based Durham School Services, who contracted with the school district for bus services up until mid-2019. 

Central York School District then contracted with York-based Reliance Student Transportations, the district's current school bus service, who re-hired Frigm during the transition process, according to Reliance CEO John Polli.  

Frigm has not been charged with any other child sex offenses in York County and, prior to the new charge, had never previously been convicted of a felony, according to a search of state court records.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on the felony child sex charge on Nov. 30. 

Pennsylvania state law requires that prospective school bus drivers pass a criminal background check through Pennsylvania State Police and submit to a child abuse history check. There's also a required background check through the FBI, and prospective bus drivers also get their driving record checked. 

All of those were completed during Frigm's initial hiring, Flavin said. Reliance also completes those requirements with new hires, according to the company's website.

Central York School District does not keep employment history records for bus drivers because the district isn't their direct employer, district spokesperson Julie Randall Romig said.

But every year, the bus company provides the district with a list of their bus drivers and pre-employment clearances, which the district needs to approve before they can drive students. 

"(The list is) required to be updated and maintained for the safety and security of our students," Randall Romig said. 

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