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Driver charged with abusing girls on bus released after posting bail

Published: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 5:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 6:50 a.m. MDT

John Martin Carrell talks with his attorneys during a preliminary hearing 3rd District Court in West Jordan, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The former Canyons School District bus driver is charged with 23 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child involving one girl and 10 counts, one of them attempted, involving another.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — A former Canyons School District bus driver awaiting trial on charges of abusing two young disabled girls on his bus is now free on bail.

On Aug. 11, 3rd District Judge Bruce Lubeck ordered John Martin Carrell, 61, to stand trial on 33 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, that Carrell is facing in two separate cases. Both cases involve two young girls with special needs.

After being bound over for trial, Carrell's attorney, Ron Yengich, successfully argued for his client's $5 million bail to be reduced. Lubeck reduced Carrell's bail to $250,000 in each case. He also ordered Carrell to wear an ankle monitor if he made bail and told him he must remain at his home unless he has a doctor's appointment or is meeting with his attorney.

On Aug. 19, court records show Carrell posted a $500,000 bail and was issued an ankle monitor.

An arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 9.

— Pat Reavy

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