Former NKY officer, registered sex offender facing prostitution-related charge, police say

Former NKY officer, registered sex offender facing prostitution-related charge, police say
James Bussman, 56, is a former police in NKY, but which department he was with was not released by Elsmere PD. (Source: WXIX)

ELSMERE, Ky. (FOX19) - A former northern Kentucky police officer and registered sex offender is facing a prostitution-related charge, according to the Elsmere Police Department.

James Bussman, 56, was arrested on a charge of loitering for prostitution purposes, which happened on Feb. 2, police say.

On that date, Bussman was in his vehicle on Dixie Highway when the 56-year-old allegedly asked a man if he was “looking for work,” police say.

Bussman then went back to the man a second time at which point he offered the man $100 in exchange for sexual acts, according to Elsmere police.

“He [911 caller] described an incident where a man [Bussman] approached him, he doesn’t know who the gentleman is, he asked him if he was looking for work and he said, ‘sir, you’ve already asked me this two prior times and I’ve told you no. I know what you’re looking for,’” says Elsmere Police Det. Eric Higgins.

Now, this isn’t the first time Bussman has been in legal trouble.

Bussman pled guilty in September 2020 in Pendleton County to an attempted unlawful transaction with a minor, police say.

Bussman, who is listed on the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry, pled guilty to stalking a month later in October 2020, according to police. This guilty plea stemmed from an incident that took place in Florence, police say.

Det. Eric Higgins is investigating the prostitution case. He says there might be more victims.

“From all of the information we have on Mr. Bussman. he is going after men and young children,” explains Det. Higgins. “So, if you’re being approached by a gentleman asking for work, be aware of your surroundings. It could be a potential sex offender asking you these questions, and you need to call the police right away.”

Det. Higgins says anyone who might be a victim or has information on this investigation is asked to call police at 859-474-4785.

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