Cartersville school bus driver charged with child molestation, no longer employed by the school system

Wednesday, March 20, 2024–5:42 p.m.

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A man employed as a bus driver for the Cartersville City School System was recently arrested on two counts of child molestation.

65-year-old David Ignacio Rodriguez is also charged with two counts of first-degree child cruelty, and sexual battery.

The alleged acts occurred between September 1, 2023, and March 11, 2024. 

Rodriguez is accused of undressing and inappropriately touching the alleged victim. 

He reportedly sexually abused the same person. 

Rodriguez is being held in the Bartow County Jail without bond.

Cartersville School officials released the following statement regarding Rodriguez’s employment with the system:

“Cartersville High School officials were alerted to potentially inappropriate behavior from a school bus driver to a student occurring outside the scope of school operations. School officials acted immediately and in accordance with the appropriate situational protocols on Monday, March 11. The school bus driver is no longer employed at Cartersville City Schools.”

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