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Lake County school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching little girls

William Wassey
William Wassey

A former Lake County school bus driver has been arrested after he was accused of inappropriately touching little girls on his bus.

William Wassey, 70, of Mount Dora, was booked at the Orange County Jail on a Lake County warrant charging him with lewd and lascivious conduct.

Video from the bus appeared to show Wassey on May 27 and 28 calling two girls, ages 9 and 10, to the front of the bus where he would begin “rubbing” them, according to an affidavit of probable cause. In one case, he “placed his right hand between her legs touching her crotch area,” the document said. The girls were interviewed June 4 at the Child Advocacy Center in Leesburg. Those interviews prompted a detective on July 21 to begin reviewing the video footage from School Bus No. 7506.

Williams denied he had done anything wrong.

He told a detective he had resigned from his bus driving job “because of his health.”

He was arrested in Orange County, where some media accounts have indicated he is now living.

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