DAVENPORT, Fla. (WFLA) – A former Polk County school bus driver is now accused of molesting four female students. Detectives say Carlos Ojeda, 72, lured the children with candy. They believe he may have abused more students who have not yet come forward.
Ojeda will remain behind bars, after a judge denied his bond in court on Monday afternoon on multiple counts of capital sexual battery.
“Many of our victims were only four years old. Some of them are nonverbal. This wasn’t an accident,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who addressed the charges with News Channel 8 after the hearing. “On the terrible, horrible meter, on a scale of one to ten, this is an 11.”
News Channel 8 also learned there was an attendant on the bus at the time of the assaults, but according to bus surveillance video, Ojeda appeared to wait until she was in the back of the bus, and occupied with other students.
Sheriff Judd said the crimes came to light after two special needs boys we’re scolded for swearing on the bus. They told a guidance counselor they had seen Ojeda put his hands down some of the girl’s pants. Detectives confirmed this by the video.
Judd also said this is one of the most horrific crimes he had ever seen. “Our goal is that he spends the rest of his life in prison,” he said.
On Friday, he was charged for sexually assaulting two female special needs students who are under the age of 12. Detectives say surveillance video from the school bus showed Ojeda molesting the girls. Later in the evening, detectives announced they had found two more female victims. All four of the victims rode on Ojeda’s school bus.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives interviewed the two new victims on Friday. Both victims, who are females under the age of 12 years old, disclosed they were sexually abused by Ojeda at least one time each in the same manner as the previously identified two other victims, while riding on a bus he drove. Both victims said Ojeda gave them candy after abusing them.
Ojeda has been charged with two additional counts of capital sexual battery.
He is being held without bond in the Polk County Jail.
According to the Polk County School Board, Ojeda drove a school bus for three different schools: Bus number 0603 for Horizons Elementary, Boone Middle, and Ridge Community High.
He has been employed as a PCSB bus driver since April 2007 and the school board has suspended him without pay. Ojeda’s salary was $11,700.
If anyone has information or suspicions about Ojeda they are urged to contact Lieutenant Ian Rylott at (863) 298-6200.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW:
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