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Johnthony Walker

The Woodmore bus driver recently charged with aggravated statutory rape has received a public defender and will return to court in Nashville later this week, possibly for a preliminary hearing. 

Attorneys passed today's court date for Johnthony Walker, the 25-year-old driver who was convicted earlier this year of six counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the Nov. 21, 2016, crash in Chattanooga. 

In total, Walker was sentenced to four years and remained on bond in Nashville while appealing his case. 

But according to a criminal affidavit filed Thursday, Walker told police he'd had sex with a 14-year-old girl on five occasions over the last few months while staying with the family. 

When the minor's family found out last week, they called police, the affidavit says, and Walker told officers the relationship was consensual. 

He is being held in Davidson County on a $350,000 bond and was scheduled to make his first appearance today before Judge Allegra Walker. 

That date was passed to June 21 at 9:05 a.m. At that time, Walker could have a preliminary hearing where attorneys on both sides will argue the facts and evidence of the case to date. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for more information.

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