Cleveland: Troubled work history of Ariel Castro

6:54 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Ariel Castro was a bus driver for more than 20 years in Cleveland and his personnel file reveals some chilling details.

When he applied to become a Cleveland bus driver in 1990, he wrote on his application that, "I enjoy working with children." This same man is accused of kidnapping three girls and holding them hostage for 10 years.

He left a child on his bus in 2004 -- while he went to Wendy's. But the report says he told the child to "lay down b****" while he went inside the restaurant.

The incident was investigated but no charges came from it. He was suspended for 60 days.

He was disciplined in 2009 for an illegal U-turn in rush hour with a bus full of kids. Castro fought the discipline with his union, and had the suspension reduced from 60 to 55 days. Many times he refused to sign paperwork as well.

On Valentine's Day 2012, he took his bus to get groceries at a Marc's store. He was seen walking out with three bags of groceries-- at this time police say he still had the women locked away in his home.

The final straw was September 20, 2012, when he left his bus at Scranton Elementary most of the day. A principal reported the incident.

Castro said he was "tired" and needed to rest so he walked home. He was then terminated in November 2012.


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