(Scroll down for video) An elderly bus driver was arrested on a charge of sexual assault after allegedly sexually assaulting numerous children while being transported to and from school, police in Florida said.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said that they have arrested 72-year-old Carlos Ojeda, after being accused of giving the special needs student candy in exchange for being allowed to touch their private parts.
Ojeda has been charged with 10 counts of sexual battery. He was booked into the Polk County Jail, and he was denied bail.
According to the police investigation, Ojeda drove a school bus for three different schools, Horizons Elementary, Boone Middle, and Ridge Community High.
The school board has suspended him without pay. According to the police investigation, Ojeda sexually abused students with special needs under the age of 12 years.
All the victims traveled on Ojeda’s bus.
The abuse came to light after a student at Horizons Elementary told his school counselor that he saw Ojeda putting his hands down the pants of two different girls on several occasions.
Two additional victims have been identified.
Two girls who are under 12 years old, said that they were sexually abused by Ojeda at least once each while riding on his bus.
Both victims have said that Ojeda gave them candy after abusing them.