A Rotorua bus driver who sexually groomed a 14-year-old boy who regularly travelled on his bus has been jailed.

Donald Peter McPherson, 58, appeared in the Rotorua District Court today for sentencing on communicating with the boy between May 14 and 25 with the intention to meet him and commit an act that would be an offence. He was jailed for 15 months.

According to the police summary of facts, McPherson, who is a driver for a bus company that cannot be named, befriended the "vulnerable" boy who made regular bus trips between Rotorua and another North Island town. McPherson was said to have encouraged the boy, who had learning difficulties and no active father in his life, to sit near the front of the bus on the journeys.