Former St. Lucie County school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching child

Former St. Lucie County school bus driver accused of inappropriately touching child
(Source: St. Luce County Sheriff's Office)

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — A former St. Lucie County school bus driver was arrested this week after being accused of touching a girl inappropriately on multiple occasions.

The driver was identified as 72-year-old Ignazio Cerami.

TCPalm reported the investigation began in October after the girl told a teacher about the incidents.

St. Lucie County School District spokeswoman Kerry Padrick said in a written statement that Cerami was removed from his position when they were notified of the allegations.

The day after his removal, Padrick said Cerami retired from the school system before the district completed its internal investigation.

Deputies later investigated surveillance video as part of their investigation.

Cerami was arrested Monday and faces charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Padrick said the district "cooperated and fully supported the investigation conducted by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office" and "the safety and security of students is foremost in SLPS’s mission, and these deplorable allegations are not representative of the district’s staff."

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