ALBANY, Mo. — A Gentry County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday on a felony charge of sexual contact with a student against Dennis L. Gray, 66, of Burlington Junction.
The case originated in Nodaway County and was moved to Gentry County on a change of venue.
Gray was tried in connection with an incident in June, 2012, when he groped and kissed a 16-year-old Maryville High School student while employed as a driver for Jarnik Buses, Inc., which provides transportation services to the Maryville R-II School District.
The incident did not happen on school grounds or during school hours, and the district was not involved in the investigation.
According to a release issued by Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice, the jury deliberated for more than three hours Friday before returning the guilty verdict.
Associate Circuit Judge Corey Herron has requested that the Board of Probation and Parole prepare a sentencing assessment report and schedule a hearing for 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Gentry County Courthouse in Albany.
Under Missouri statute, Gray faces a maximum prison sentence of four years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.