AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver has been charged with aggravated sexual assault over an alleged incident that occurred in a Capital Metro Access vehicle with a special needs passenger.
According to court documents, Arturo Garcia Ortiz, 59, picked the victim up on Dec. 17 to take her to her job, but deviated off his route and went behind the Uptown Crossing Apartments where the sexual assault occurred.
The victim told investigators there were two other clients in Ortiz’s car when he picked her up. He dropped those passengers off and began telling the victim about problems he was having with his girlfriend and that he liked younger girls.
A GPS on the vehicle also shows Ortiz took a route behind the apartments where the victim says he stuck his hand inside her pants and also ordered her to perform sexual acts.
Ortiz told officers he was sorry, but the victim was the one who initiated the conversation about his marriage before kissing him and taking her own pants off.
Capital Metro contracts their drivers through MV Transportation.
“The care, safety and security of passengers is of the utmost importance to MV Transportation,” spokesperson Jennifer Wiley said.
The company said they could not comment on the specific investigation, but confirmed they require pre-employment background checks for all employees and require drivers to complete comprehensive training specific to their job.
Wiley said the company is cooperating fully with the Austin Police Department.
The Cap Metro Access program is for passengers with disabilities which keep them from using regular Cap Metro bus service. The victim in this case has an intellectual disability and needs special education services according to the Austin Independent School District Special Education Committee.
Ortiz’s criminal history shows an assault conviction in Houston back in 1978.