Pinellas County school bus driver arrested for sexual battery of child

Pinellas County

A bus driver for Pinellas County Schools was arrested for sexual battery of a child on Friday.

According to detectives, the investigation began on Oct. 26 after the 16-year-old victim informed a family member of the inappropriate sexual activity.

Detectives say the girl reported that Ernest Williams, 61, who was known to the victim’s family and in a position of custodial care, forced the victim to have inappropriate sexual activity with him.

The 16-year-old victim also reported Williams inappropriately touched her on multiple occasions.

The victim told detectives the abuse occurred in June of 2015 when she was 13-years-old and again in May of 2016.

Detectives were able to corroborate the victim’s allegations.

During the investigation, detectives identified a second potential victim who alleged Williams had inappropriate sexual activity with her in a different jurisdiction.

That investigation is ongoing.

Detectives interviewed Williams on Friday around 4 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Administration Building in Largo.

He was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Williams is charged with one count of attempted sexual battery, one count of sexual battery, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct.

Williams worked as a bus driver for Pinellas County Schools at the time of his arrest.

There is currently no evidence that Williams had inappropriate physical contact with students related to his job.

Detectives do say it’s possible there are more victims in the case.

Anyone who believes their child may have been a victim or has information regarding the case is asked to contact Detective Weistock of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6483.

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