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Former United bus driver waives hearing

by The Indiana Gazette on May 17, 2017 10:59 AM

A Homer City man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a high school student faces possible trial in Indiana County Common Pleas Court.

William Cassatt Jr., 31, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on 34 counts of corruption of minors on Monday at Homer City District Court.

State police at Indiana reported Cassatt, a bus driver for the United School District, and a 16-year-old girl on his bus route developed a relationship last summer after he hired her as a baby sitter at his home in June and July.

The girl’s father told police July 11 that he suspected their relationship had crossed lines.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators questioned both, who admitted exchanging phone calls and sex-oriented text messages.

Cassatt admitted that he kissed and hugged the girl, and took her for ice cream and to restaurants, but both denied that they had sex.

The girl told investigators that she believed the relationship would have become sexual.

Troopers filed a complaint on Jan. 23 charging Cassatt with 34 counts of corruption of minors. Cassatt was released on unsecured bond to await court action.

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