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Former elementary school bus driver convicted of child sex abuse sentenced

Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-06 23:04:55-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- A former Canyons School District bus driver was sentenced after he was found guilty in July of 19 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

John Carrell was sentenced 15 years to life on each count Tuesday afternoon. The judge told the former bus driver his behavior displayed on the bus security video was very troubling.

Carrell reiterating his innocence to the courtroom, although he did express sorrow for the pain he caused the people involved in the case.

"You don't just wake up at age 62 and decide to become a child molester," Carrell said.

Carrell was accused of molesting two 5-year-old girls and was facing a total of 33 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Court documents indicate the abuse occurred between Feb. 20 and April 22.

Bus surveillance video shows instances of touching from primarily two camera angles.

Kevin Robson, spokesman for the victims, spoke to media after the sentencing.

"I can tell you that he has affected a great deal of people. He's affected the victims' family, he has affected his own family. I feel sorry for everyone in this case with the exception of Mr. Carrell because he was the one convicted of these crimes and ultimately was the one guilty of them," Robson said.