Sheriff's office: Bus driver exploited 2 developmentally disabled women in Summit Co.
Chris Horne, newsnet5.com , Joe McGee, newsnet5.com
12:16 PM, Oct 31, 2013
6:38 PM, Oct 31, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - A bus driver is in the Summit County jail Thursday after authorities say he took advantage of a 22-year-old developmentally disabled woman on his route.
And it wasn't his first incident.
While on the way to the woman's day program on September 27, Reinaldo Luis Velazquez-Ortiz, of Stow, parked in "a secluded area" and asked the woman to take her clothes off, according to a news release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
Then the 48-year-old bus driver took her to a day program in Twinsburg. The incident was reported to the sheriff's detective assigned to the Summit Developmental Disabilities Board.
Billie Jo David spokesperson for the Summit Developmental Disabilities Board said, "Our hearts go out to the victim here. We're going to make sure justice is served and the protection of individuals with disabilities is very important and we're going to make sure that people get the justice that they deserve."
Velazquez-Ortiz was employed by a private contractor called Our Precious Cargo.
The investigation unveiled that Velazquez-Ortiz had allegedly done something similar to a 23-year-old developmentally disabled woman in June of this year. In that incident, officials say Velazquez-Ortiz paid the woman $12 for sexual acts. She declined but he made her keep the money so she wouldn't report his request.
Velazquez-Ortiz has been charged with abduction, soliciting and compelling prostitution. He may face more charges, depending on the outcome of the investigation.