Former Sparkman bus driver accused of sex crimes against children in Lincoln Co. rejects plea deal

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Joe Wiley Dixon (Photo: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. –  A Lincoln County man who worked as a bus driver for Madison County Schools and was arrested in Jan. for sex crimes against children turned down a plea deal Tuesday.

Joe Wiley Dixon was arrested in Jan. in Lincoln County, Tenn. and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of aggravated rape of a child. Tuesday, he was in court to reject a plea deal offered by the Lincoln County district attorney, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Dixon has the option to accept the plea deal until Aug. 18.

He is scheduled to go to trial in Jan. 2016.

Dixon worked as a bus driver for Sparkman High School, but resigned shortly after his arrest. Madison County Schools superintendent Matt Massey reported Lincoln County investigators confirmed no Madison County children were involved in the case.

Sources told us the crimes happened at a residential child care service run by Dixon’s wife on Stateline Road in Ardmore and involved two children under the age of 5.

Dixon is free on bond.