A bus driver has been arrested after allegedly making unwanted contact with a 13-year-old student, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation began on Feb. 13 when the victim, a Venice Middle School student, reported that her former bus driver, Leonard Villari, 71, of Venice, approached her in the school's cafeteria and began playing with her hair.
Villari then entered the lunch line and later winked at the victim and touched her hair and neck a second time, the victim said.
Deputies said video surveillance from the cafeteria corroborated the victim's story.
Additionally, according to the victim, in 2016, Villari commonly called her "baby girl", and told the victim he knew where she lived and, often, that he loved her.