State police in Indiana have charged a former bus driver in a rural Indiana County school district of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student last summer. This teenage student was one of the passengers on his bus during the 2015-2016 school year.
William S. Cassatt Jr., 30, of Homer City was charged with 34 counts of corruption of minors in Homer City District Court on January 25 after a thorough police investigation. Cassatt was an employee of Tri-County Transportation in Northern Cambria, which operates in the small, rural United School District of eastern Indiana County.
Trooper Deanna Kirkland reports that the investigation was launched when Cassatt was caught flirting with the 16-year-old girl after her father found inappropriate text messages from him on her phone. Cassatt then admitted to sending these messages and to engaging in inappropriate physical contact on a “date” where he took her to McDonalds, for ice cream, and then to his home. Cassatt then also hired this girl as a babysitter for his three children last summer.
Both Cassatt and the teen deny engaging in sexual relations. Cassatt has not been a bus driver at all during this current school year, according to a statement by United School District officials. He has not been able to be reached for comment and has no attorney listed in the online court dockets.