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Broward School Bus Driver Groped Special-Needs Teen, Teacher Says

A Broward school bus driver was arrested Tuesday for allegedly groping the breasts of a 14-year-old special-needs girl.

According to the arrest report by the Broward Sheriff's Office, the incident happened in the parking lot of Olsen Middle School at 330 SE 11th Terrace on the afternoon of December 17.

Cops say the man groped the teen's breasts over her shirt as she boarded his bus, then whispered to her that he wanted to have sex with her.

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The report says the teen girl's teacher witnessed 57-year-old Walter Ramrekha touch the student inappropriately.

Ramrekha, who has worked as a bus driver for the district for seven years, was then placed on "administrative reassignment" as an investigation ensued.

According to the report, the girl Ramrekha allegedly groped is mentally challenged. She attends the Exceptional Student Education classes at Olsen.

The girl told police in a recorded sworn statement that Ramrekha had whispered in her ear that he wanted to have sex with her.

The BSO says it's received no indication that there would be other victims but is urging anyone to come forward if they know of any other possible victims of Ramrekha. Records show this is Ramrekha's first arrest.

Ramrekha appeared before a judge on Wednesday and was ordered to stay away from children and not transport them while he's out on bond.

He is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and was ordered held on a $10,000 bond.

"It appears that you are transporting children who have mental disabilities and they're in a vulnerable position," Judge John "Jay" Hurley told Ramrekha during the first-appearance court hearing. "I think for the time being it's best that you do not do that."

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