Cops: Video captures bus driver molesting girl
March 12 2012
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...ures-molestingNOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A Hamilton County bus driver arrested Saturday faces counts of child molestation after police say a video camera showing some of the acts was discovered in his home.
The probable cause document alleges Garrett Lee Cornell, 42, molested two different girls as far back as 2009. People close to the investigation say Cornell knew both girls well.
Police were notified after the sexual footage was discovered on the video camera. Officers obtained a search warrant for Cornell's home and were able to locate the video camera. Cornell arrived home while police were still inside and was taken into custody.
Next door neighbor Shiley Thurston watched as officers arrived at Cornell's home on Saturday. His arrest both surprises and bothers Thursten. She says her grandkids played with Cornell's children and step children all the time.
"It breaks my heart because I don't believe in that crap. To think my neighbor might have done that. And my grandkids went over there" said Thurston.
Cornell made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. The judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, set bond at $200,000 and scheduled the next court date for May 1st.
Cornell worked as a bus driver for the Noblesville School District and has since been suspended.
Authorities say these allegations aren't connected to Cornell's job.
Bus driver arrested in child molestation
14 Mar 2012
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...ld-molestationNOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - A Noblesville man was arrested Saturday night on multiple counts of child molestation and exploitation, according to police.
Saturday afternoon, Noblesville Police went the home of Garrett Cornell, 42 in the 1500 block of Hannibal Street on a report of child molestation and began to search his home.
During the search, police arrested Cornell, who now faces 7 counts of child molestation, both A and C felonies and 1 count of child exploitation, a C felony, police stated.
Cornell is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail on an $180,000 bond.
24-Hour News 8 reached out to Noblesville Schools, who released the following statement:
"Noblesville Schools has been informed by the Noblesville Police Department that one of our employees was arrested over the weekend. The employee, a bus driver, has been suspended immediately, pending investigation. We will make resources available to support the child and family involved. Our primary goal is always the safety and security of our students."
march 16 2012
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/crime...-abuse-ignoredANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) - A Noblesville man was arrested last weekend on child molestation charges – accusations substantiated by a video , police said. But now, the mother of his son says her cries for help and warnings of abuse went unheeded for years.
Garrett Cornell was charged in connection with the molestation of a 9-year-old girl. His son, who 24-Hour News 8 is not identifying, turned his father in after finding a video tape of his dad having sex with the girl he knew well.
“What he did isn’t right,” the seventh-grader said. “I might be able to forgive him, but there is a slim chance.”
His mom, June Schattner, echoes those sentiments. She said she called Child Protective Services back in the late 1990s about Cornell and another child. A document she provided to 24-Hour News 8 shows investigators determined police should look into the accusations. But that never happened.
I was screaming and crying for help, but I wasn’t getting it,” Schattner said.
The document Schattner provided alleges Garrett sexually abused her daughter. According to the report, CPS substantiated the child molestation claims and turned its case over to Anderson Police Department for further investigation.
But Anderson police told 24-Hour News 8 there is no record of that report on file, so there was no investigation. And no criminal charges were filed in that case against Cornell.
Anderson Police did have record of many reports made by Schattner, though, from May 2000 to October 2011. She filed incident reports of child abuse against Cornell both with the Anderson Police Department and to the state. In those reports, Schattner alleged Cornell physically abused their 2-year-old son while he was in his care. She told police and CPS that after she would pick her son up on visitation, she would often find bruises on his body.
Consequently, both agencies conducted their own investigations, coming to the same conclusion. The alleged injuries were photographed and documented in reports by the Anderson Police Department. The investigative analysis revealed that the bruises could have been caused by other activities and not necessarily from abuse.
No allegations of sexual abuse were reported by Schattner. During this period, she was in a custody dispute with Cornell. The matter was eventually closed by both agencies.