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A Seward man who for many years drove a school bus for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been charged with 19 counts of possession of child pornography, each punishable by at least two years in prison. Authorities arrested David Endresen, 64, on June 11. He has been released on $6,500 cash bail.

Endresen was indicted by a grand jury in Kenai at the end of May. The grand jury examined materials seized from Endresen’s home during the execution of a search warrant in March, according to documents filed with the Seward court.

Endresen allegedly had dozens of binders containing sexually explicit images of children, according to an email sent by prosecutor Chris Darnall of the state’s Office of Special Prosecutions to Endresen’s attorney, Bruce Stanford. Stanford included the email in a motion filed before the court.

Stanford declined to answer questions about the case.

Endresen made a living driving buses, an occupation he had held for 19 years, according to Stanford’s motion. For most of that time, Endresen drove a school bus, including a long stint as driver for special education students at Seward Elementary School, according to an interview with a teacher who worked with him on a daily basis for around ten years.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District referred questions about Endresen’s employment to Apple Bus Company, the firm that holds the district’s bussing contract. Apple Bus Company did not respond to a phone call seeking comment. 

The former special education teacher who worked with Endresen also wrote a character reference for him, supporting his attorney’s motion to reduce Endresen’s bail. She asked that she not be named, but told the Seward Journal that she had never heard any complaints about Endresen’s conduct as a bus driver.

“That was his profession: ‘I’m a professional driver. I get you on the bus. My aide takes care of you. I drive really safe to Moose Pass,’” the teacher said. “And he did it well, and he took it seriously.”

District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff confirmed that the district was not aware of any complaints against Endresen.

“The district was not aware of any complaints or concerns about driver conduct,” Erkeneff wrote in an email. “Complaints or an allegation of concern that is brought to the district’s attention is taken seriously – the safety of our students is a top priority.”