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Sarasota School Bus Driver Charged After Kissing, Touching Student

Javier Aramayo-Angeles faces a battery charge for unwanted physical contact and kissing a student, according to the sheriff's office.

A Sarasota County Schools bus driver is now facing criminal charges and his job has been reassigned after kissing and massaging a 16-year-old student while on the bus.

Javier Aramayo-Angeles, 51 of 4001 Beneva Road #330, Sarasota, is a Sarasota County school bus driver who now faces one count of misdimeanor battery, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The 16-year-old student reported that she was the last person on the bus with Aramayo-Angeles on Jan. 17  when he took a different route and pulled over on the side of Sarabay Drive, according to the affidavit.

The bus driver told her to walk to the front of the bus to sit and then he proceeded to touch her on her lower back, sides and stomach, then kissed her face and lips and asked the victim to kiss him, according to the affidavit. The victim refused, turned away and demanded that he take her home, according to the affidavit.

The bus driver had also provided the victim with his cell phone number at the beginning of the school year, according to the affidavit, as it was stored in the victim's cell phone.

The victim reported the crime to her father as soon as she arrived home, the the father contacted school officials, according to the sheriff's office.

School officials notified the Sheriff’s Office, and detectives arrested Aramayo-Angeles on Friday, according to the sheriff's office. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.

School officials re-assigned Aramayo-Angeles within its transportation department to a position that has no contact with students, according to the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect can call Criminal Investigations at 861-1719.

RAJ (Bo) McMerritt January 23, 2013 at 02:22 PM
is it an illegal ....
HONEST MOM January 23, 2013 at 06:42 PM
What is the difference if its legal or not? I mean thers people that are malicious whether they are or not...
Mary Nicolini, LCSW, LCAP January 23, 2013 at 08:49 PM
I see why the child molestors go for jobs like a school bus driver. The only consequences thus far are that he paid a little money to get out of jail and got reassigned to the bus yard. Think he's going to stick around? I say he's probably going south. And to our judges, please error on the side of caution. No bail until trial. We supposedly keep probation violators from posting bond. Don't you think that a man with a damaging compulsion, will offend one more time before going to prison. Probably, he needs the fantasy. I think we should open our eyes and keep them on our children. As a psychotherapist who treats abuse, I can tell you a sexual offender is not going to stop until they are removed from society. Do you know how afraid that 16 year old girl is right now? She musters up the courage to tell. He gets arrested and is right out on the streets again. I'm sure she feels that this unfair as she looks over her shoulder everyday.
bojangles January 23, 2013 at 09:14 PM
lets take you gun that is a lot better. then to lock up pepole like this. lets put him in the schools to do some cleaning after school. that would be safer. ya right
Priscilla January 24, 2013 at 03:58 PM
How does touching and kissing a minor student for whom you are responsible only warrant a misdemeanor? The fact that he ventured from his usual route - would that not be kidnapping.....and then....reassigning him still puts him in proximity of students.....this is just crazy...an indepth background check will probably uncover many surprises.
Karla Green January 25, 2013 at 04:21 AM
They reassigned him?!? Are you kidding?! He shouldn't have been able to post bail, if he does stick around for his hearing he'll probably get off with a slap on the wrist. This isn't the first time this animal molested a child and it won't be the last! This poor child must be scared to death, where is the justice. You molest a child you should be thrown in jail for good! Yes, I know he has rights but what about the rights of this poor little girl whose life hes ruined?!
AIC January 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM
It was the 16 year old girls words against his. That's why he posted BAIL. Could he have disciplined that girl for some reason or another and she knew EXACTLY how to get him in trouble??? Many bus drivers give their students their cell phone numbers to shoot them a quick text or phone call in the mornings if the student does not need to be picked up that day. Were there messages between driver and student on her/his phone??? There is no playing around when it comes to something like that, but a school bus driver is ALWAYS guilty until proven innocent. There was no video footage on the bus to prove his NOR her innocence.
AIC January 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Karia Green, Do you have facts to back up your accusation of of this not being the first time a child was molested by this person?

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