Former Noblesville school bus driver pleads guilty to child molestation

Noblesville, Ind.

Garrett Cornell, 42, will wait at the Hamilton County Jail to learn just how much time he will spend in prison after pleading guilty to two felony counts of child molestation and child exploitation.

"I think Garrett believes he's gonna die in prison. He knows it's a long time," said one woman close to the family.

The former Noblesville school bus driver accepted a plea agreement that dismissed six of the eight felony charges against him Thursday.

“I believed we determined he was facing  170 years. With this plea agreement, his maximum sentence is 58 years," said Jimmy McDole Jr., Cornell’s attorney.

Noblesville Police began investigating Cornell back in March after his 14-year-old son, Logan, told police he found video of his father engaging in sexual acts with his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter at his Hannibal Street home.

"My son saved this girl from more hurt," said June Schattner, Logan’s mother and Cornell's ex-wife.

Schattner said her son is still healing from what he saw his father doing to a child.

"He's strong. He is a very strong boy, but he's very disgusted with his dad."

Schattner's friend and former court appointed child advocate is proud of what Logan did.

"It took a lot of courage and Logan did the right thing."

Schattner said that Cornell has a history of abuse and wants to make sure he is never released from prison. 

Schattner's friend, who did not want to be identified, said this may be the best they can get.

"I understand June would like Garrett to have life. This may end up being life for Garrett. I'm proud of what the prosecutor is doing here in Hamilton County."

Cornell was fired from his job with Noblesville Schools the day he was arrested. 

He will be sentenced on Oct. 25 in Hamilton County Superior Court in Noblesville.


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