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Jury acquits former Pinellas school bus driver of sexual abuse allegations

The driver was arrested in 2018 and quit his job with the Pinellas County School District. The jury found him not guilty on Jan. 30.
Ernest Williams, 62, was acquitted last month at trial. [Designed by Tara McCarty]
Ernest Williams, 62, was acquitted last month at trial. [Designed by Tara McCarty]
Published Feb. 7
Updated Feb. 7

LARGO — A former Pinellas County school bus driver who was accused of sexually battering a girl was acquitted by a jury last month.

Pinellas sheriff’s deputies arrested Ernest Williams, 62, on Nov. 9, 2018, on allegations that he abused a 13-year-old girl in 2015. They agency said he did it again in 2016.

Williams knew the teen’s family and was in a custodial position, deputies said. He did not know her through his job as a bus driver.

The case went to trial, and on Jan. 30 a jury found Williams not guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation, court records show.

The Pinellas County School District said after his arrest, Williams resigned before he could be terminated. Williams’ lawyer said he returned to Indiana after his acquittal to be with family.

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