Ex-Bus Driver Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse
Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:21 AM
LOGAN, Ohio — A former bus driver pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he sexually abused two young girls.
Morgan Monroe pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition.
"Had he went to trial on all the charges he would have faced significantly more," said Hocking County prosecutor Laina Fetherolf.
Monroe spent nearly 20 years working in the Logan-Hocking School District. He was a bus driver and custodian until his arrest in April, 10TV's Brittany Westbrook reported.
"I was really shocked," said parent Tracy Rose.
Rose's son is going to be in fifth grade, and she said at one time she applied to be a bus driver.
"Morgan trained me and he just didn't seem like... it was shocking," Rose said.
The district performed a background check on Monroe, but since he was never charged, nothing turned up, Westbrook reported.
Monroe will not be able to work at another school because of his current status as a sex offender.
In order to keep students safe, the school district said all of the buildings will have renovated security measures and the buses have cameras in the front and back, Westbrook reported.
Even so, Fetherolf said there is a reality that remains.
"There really isn't any way to know until they've been caught at least once," Fetherolf said.
Justice might only come from a brave victim's voice.
"I am hoping that if there are other victims of this particular defendant or other perpetrators that they will come forward so we can do whatever we can to help them," Fetherolf said.
Monroe did not come into contact with his victims through the district and Fetherolf said so far there is no indication that he abused any children in the district.
He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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