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The owner of a Jacksonville driving school is suspected of stealing from customers and has already been charged with luring a young man online.

The owner of a driving school in Jacksonville who was suspected of taking customers’ money without providing driving lessons is currently in jail on suspicion of luring a minor online.

The 31-year-old owner and operator, Cody Satornino, was arrested Sunday night and booked into the Duval County prison on charges of child abuse, using a computer to entice or seduce a kid, and transmitting offensive information to children.

It’s a worrying turn in an investigation by the News4JAX I-TEAM, which began with complaints from clients who said the business had taken their money but hadn’t provided the services.

His bond was imposed by a court at $300,000, and a public defender was chosen to represent him. In addition, the court mandated that he not communicate with the claimed victim or have access to the internet.

A police record with significant redactions associated with the establishment’s address reveals a report of sexual battery involving a victim older than 12 and less than 18 and a suspect older than 18. The special assault team of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s detectives conducted an investigation and gathered a DVD containing messages as proof. Due to the nature of the crime, both victim and suspect information was withheld.

News4JAX has submitted a public records request for police reports and warrants, which will provide further information on the charges’ underlying accusations.

“Please try your call again later.” That’s the message Zaniah Walker got when she called My E-Z Pass Driving and Traffic School in Jacksonville. She tried several numbers to no avail.

She hired the company in June for driving lessons so she could get her first driver’s license. Her first class was July 5. At the time, it was listed as one of the top 3 schools in the area, with a 4.7 Google review. That was before most negative reviews were posted.

She’s 18 years old and studying to become a nurse. She worked two jobs to save enough so she could go to driving school and get a car, paying $595.00 for driving lessons via her debit card. “I saved up for a while to be able to get my license because I’m going to school and I want to be able to drive myself,” she said.

She was on the right path. She said she took two driving classes with owner and instructor Cody Satornino. “He was very friendly,” she recalled. “He had a lot to say. We talked about a lot. Music. He told me his story. I thought we were going to be friends.”

However, e-mails show her remaining eight classes in the package deal kept getting rescheduled. “And then I never heard from him again,” she replied.

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