OSPREY, Fla. - A man who drives students to school for a living in Sarasota County has been accused of inappropriately touching one of them.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they arrested Javiar Aramayo-Angeles Friday after a 16-year-old student accused him of touching her.
She claims she was the last one on the bus on Friday when Angeles took a different route along Sarabay Drive in Osprey, then pulled over to the side of the road.
The girl says Angeles told her to walk to the front, where she says the bus driver sat next to her, massaged her on the back, side, and stomach, and then proceeded to touch her and kiss her face.
The victim said she turned away and demanded that he take her home.
Deputies met with Aramayo-Angeles at his home Friday, where he refused to make any statement and requested the presence of his attorney.
He was arrested and charged with Battery. He is free on bond while he awaits a court date.
"The Sarasota County School District works closely with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement when an incident is reported that involves employees and/or students. The bus driver in question has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and charged with a misdemeanor. He has been released after posting bond. The district also has reported the alleged incident to the Florida Department of Children and Families. Pending the outcome of judicial action and/or possible investigations by the DCF, the Sheriff’s Office and the school district, the employee has been reassigned to a position within the Transportation Department with no student contact," say Scott Ferguson, Sarasota County Schools.
Anyone with information regarding this suspect can call Criminal Investigations at 861-1719.
ABC 7's Max Winitz will have more on this story coming up on ABC 7 News at 6.