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 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 assault count and five years on the other, with the sentences to run concurrently, the Tarrant County district attorney's office said in a news release. Also, he will have to register as a sex offender for life.

The maximum penalty on the charge is 99 years.

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, Coleman got into the back seat with her and penetrated her with his fingers, causing her pain. That night, she told her mother what happened, and a complaint was filed.

Coleman eluded authorities after an arrest warrant was issued, and he was on Tarrant County's most-wanted list. He was arrested March 28, 2011, during a traffic stop, the news release said.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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