A Bibb County school bus driver has been charged with child molestation after his wife caught him abusing a 7-year-old girl Sunday, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Ernest Braswell III, of a Lochwold Drive address, is being held at the Bibb County jail in lieu of a $5,700 bond, according to jail records.
Braswell, 57, left the scene in his vehicle after the incident. Deputies arrested him later Sunday after he returned home, according to the sheriff’s office.
Braswell has been employed off and on with the Bibb County school system since 2000 as both a custodian and a bus driver, system spokesman Chris Floore said.
“We took immediate action as soon as we heard” about the allegation, he said. “We have to look out for the safety of our students first and foremost.”
Floore said Braswell was terminated from his position with the school system Monday.
Most recently, he had been driving a bus route and picking up students who attend Morgan Elementary, Weaver Middle and Westside High.
Floore said all school system employees undergo state and national background checks as part of the hiring process.
“His background check came back without any arrests,” Floore said of Braswell.
While deputies are continuing to investigate the case, they say they haven’t identified any additional victims.
“As far as we know, it’s just that one,” said Sgt. Sean DeFoe, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
A phone message left at the Braswells’ home was not returned Monday.