Former MITS driver sentenced for assaulting Fort Worth passenger

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FORT WORTH -- A former bus driver convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged passenger was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.

Ronald James Coleman, 52, was convicted earlier Friday of one count of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person and one count of injury to a disabled person.

He was sentenced to 12 years on the first count and five years on the second, with the sentences to run concurrently, the Tarrant County district attorney's office reported. Also, he will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

The maximum penalty on the charge is 99 years in prison.

Coleman's first trial in November ended in a mistrial.According to a news release, Coleman was a contract driver for The T's Mobility Impaired Transportation Service, or MITS. On Aug. 26, 2009, he picked up a woman at her workshop to take her home, prosecutors said. At one stop, while the bus was delayed for 12 minutes, Coleman got into the back seat with her and pentrated the woman with his fingers, causing her pain. That night, the woman told her mother what had happened, and a complaint was filed.

An arrest warrant was issued in September, but Coleman eluded authorities and was on Tarrant County's most wanted list. He was arrested on March 28, 2011, when he was stopped for a traffic violation, the news release said.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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