School bus driver accused of having sex with student has list of former violations



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV found out a school bus driver who was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a student had a long list of violations before his arrest.

Javier Mendez had five serious complaints against him, including two crashes.

Some parents said they were upset that he wasn’t fired sooner, and feel the school board violated their trust.

“There are no second chances,” said parent Carol Naylor.

Investigators said the 34-year-old admitted in February to having a sexual relationship with an Olympia High School sophomore.

“If they’re not a good person, then your child is not in good hands,” said parent Cindy Ferrell.

Mendez’s 150-page personnel file reveals a dangerous history.

He was found to be driving on a suspended license, twice.

Records show he was also at fault for two school bus crashes, including one with children on board.

In one case, a supervisor wrote after a violation: "How fast can we get him back on the road?"

The final straw was his felony arrest for the relationship with the student, which led to his termination in March.

“He obviously didn’t have the responsibility or the ethics to work that position. If he didn’t work there, it probably wouldn’t have happened,” Naylor said.

The district said every employee is protected under a union contract that requires progressing discipline, and it simply can’t terminate someone after the first offense.