Former School Bus Driver Guilty Of Child Sex Abuse

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John Carrell

WEST JORDAN, UTAH  –  A former school bus driver was found guilty on 19 felony counts related to child sex abuse.

The jury found John Carrell guilty on 19 of the 33 felony counts related to aggravated sex abuse of a child. He was found not guilty on 14 of the remaining felony counts. The 19 guilty verdicts covered both of his victims. The two girls were special needs children and rode on the bus Carrell drove for the Canyons School District.

The jury delivered the mixed verdict after 16 hours of deliberations.
In the courtroom, there was a quiet tension moments before the judge started reading each of the 33 counts.

Judge: “Count one, not guilty”There was a gasp in the courtroom after the first charge was read. Carrell’s eyes enlarged.

But then reality hit Carrell when count two was read by the judge. Judge: “Count two: guilty of aggravated sex abuse of a child.”

All it took was one guilty verdict and Carrell knew he would be going to prison for a long time.

When it was over, Carrell was found guilty on 19 of the 33 charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child.

Afterwards, the parents of one of the victims spoke briefly about the guilty verdicts.

“Closure, closure for us, a little closure,” said Thomas Brown, the parent who first heard his daughter speak of a problem on the school bus.

Brown’s wife was also present during the entire trial. And she was focusing on getting her child back to normal.

“We go home and we care for our kids,” Marisela Brown said. “That is our future. That is our life and that’s what they need. We want to care for her.”

When asked if her special needs daughter who is now six years old would understand the guilty verdict she said no.

As for John Carrell, he showed little emotion when the verdicts were read. He was taken into custody after the verdicts were read.
His family left the courtroom without comment but visibly shaken and weeping.

Carrell’s attorney said he accepted the verdict.

“We’re disappointed obviously and he’s disappointed,” said Ron Yengich. “But John accepts the verdict as well. That’s what we should do in a country that we believe in the jury system.”

Carrell will remain in the Salt Lake County jail until he’s sentenced on September 24. He faces a sentence of 15-year-to life in prison on each of the charges. The question remains whether the judge will offer him consecutive or concurrent sentences.

UW-L Professor Accused Of Raping 14-Year-Old

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has canceled the summer school contract of a professor charged with sexually assaulting a minor who police identified as the victim of a 45-year-old La Crosse man in a separate case.

Paul Miller, 47, of La Crosse and has agreed to remain off campus until the case is resolved.

Miller was charged earlier this month with second-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 16. The incident occurred June 13, when several children were staying overnight at Miller’s residence in preparation for a birthday party the next day, the complaint states.

According to a La Crosse Police Department report, a 14-year-old girl told investigators that Miller slept in the same bed as her, as well as kissed, fondled and performed oral sex on her. When interviewed by police, Miller told investigators that he did indeed sleep in the same bed as the girl but did not do anything inappropriate.

Because of the severity of the allegations, UW-L canceled Miller’s contract to teach a summer course, UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said. Miller is an associate professor of chemistry hired by the university in 2000.

Gow said the university respects the due process rights of its employees, but if charges against a faculty member affect his or her ability to work, the university can take action. “I think it is in everyone’s best interest that he is not teaching or on campus until the legal process has concluded,” Gow said.

Jonathan Hart, 45, of La Crosse is also facing sexual assault charges for raping the same 14-year-old girl. According to charges filed July 1, Hart is charged with sexually assaulting her multiple times during a 16-month period, using religion and a relationship with the minor to control her.

In the complaint, officers state that a La Crosse pastor told police the minor had informed him of being in a relationship with Hart and having sexual relations for more than a year. When interviewed, the girl told an advocate that she and Hart were “going to be together forever” and were “meant to be together in God’s eye.”

The girl stated the relationship had started out as boyfriend and girlfriend and then the defendant proposed and gave her a ring, using the Bible to control her, according to the complaint.

According to the interview, the child stated that she had her own room at Hart’s residence, had planned on giving him children and described having sex with Hart on several occasions over a period of March 2014 to June 2015. When contacted by police, Hart met with officers June 29 but said that after speaking with his attorney had nothing to say. Police then arrested him.