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State investigating accusations against Barrow driving examiner

State officials are investigating a Barrow County man accused of propositioning aspiring school bus drivers, reportedly offering them passing grades on driving exams in exchange for sexual favors.

Specific details were sparse, but Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith confirmed to the Daily Post that he recently received a tip regarding the Department of Driver Services examiner and forwarded the information to that department.

“I had a whistleblower come to me and advise an examiner with the DDS was asking the drivers to give him kisses in order to pass the test and possibly cutting the tests short,” Smith said. “I obtained a video from a bus here in Barrow County showing this possible behavior. The tape was turned over to the DDS and they are investigating the allegations.”

DDS spokeswoman Susan Sports said such a probe was indeed underway but declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

The examiner’s name was not revealed, nor was the possible scope of his alleged actions.

An anonymous tipster told the Daily Post that at least two women had received passing grades thanks to their actions with the examiner in question, and hinted that the alleged transactions went beyond the kisses referenced by Smith. Neither of those allegations were confirmed.

Sports said she wasn’t sure of the current status of the examiner but said that, generally speaking, alleged wrongdoing discovered by DDS results in immediate unpaid leave or termination.