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RTA Speaks Out About Bus Driver's Alleged Story
DAYTON -- We were the first station to report that Rick Wagoner was on administrative leave from the RTA.
We requested Wagoner's personnel file a few weeks ago and have been going through it since.
When we spoke to the RTA back in February, they said Wagoner worked there for ten years, and was a good employee.
"He's a good guy, looking forward to seeing him back behind the wheel," said Mark Donaghy, in February of 2014.
But Wednesday, it was a different story.
"Based on RTA's investigation, and evidence presented by the RTA police, Mr. Wagoner has been charged with violations of RTA's employee standards of performance," said Donaghy.
In a statement released on the RTA's website, they said they "...are angry that an employee would allegedly mislead police, the public and us, and use ugly racial stereotypes in doing so."
"Young men got enough marks on them as it is you know not to be blamed for something they did not do," said Gloria Love.
We dug though a stack of documents from the RTA regarding Wagoner's employment history.
Since being hired in April of 2004, we found he had several reprimands regarding accidents that were his fault.
But because they were spaced out over the years, he only required to do refresher training.
Wagoner was suspended for three days without pay, for using a small personal radio while on the job.
He was also suspended one day without pay for a second written notice for quality of service, for driving ahead of schedule.
"There is nothing in Mr. Wagoner's employment record to suggest that he might be capable of this alleged behavior. I cannot emphasize enough how angry and appalled we are," said Donaghy.
We tried to contact Rick Wagoner to get his side of the story, but no one answered at his home.
In the past, we've tried to reach out to him, and have been unsuccessful.
The RTA said in their statement that Wagoner will receive full due process and an opportunity to plea his case to keep his position.
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