NewsPinellas County

Actions

Detectives arrest school bus driver for sexual battery on child, believe there could be more victims

Posted: 9:53 PM, Nov 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-10 04:10:48Z

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Pinellas County detectives have arrested a school bus driver for sexual battery on a child.

On Friday, Ernest Williams, 61, was arrested for one count of attempted sexual battery, one count of sexual battery, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one could of lewd and lascivious conduct.

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

Detectives say the victim reported that Williams, 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 victim also reported that Williams inappropriately touched her on multiple occasions.
  
The victim told detectives the abuse occurred in June 2015, while the victim as 13 years old, and again in May 2016.
 
Through various interviews and investigative techniques, detectives say they were able to corroborate the victim's allegations.
 
During the course of the investigation, detectives identified a second potential victim who alleged Williams had inappropriate sexual activity with her in a different jurisdiction. That investigation is still ongoing.

At about 4 p.m. on Friday detectives interviewed Williams at the Sheriff's Administration Building in Largo.

Detectives arrested Williams and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
 
Detectives say Williams was working as a bus driver for Pinellas County Schools at the time of his arrest. Currently there is no evidence that Williams had inappropriate physical contact with students related to his job.

Detectives say it's possible there are more victims in this case. Anyone who believes their child may have been a victim or has information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Weistock of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6483.