Former bus driver gets 25 years for child sexual abuse
An Aloha resident and former school bus driver in Tigard has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after his conviction on several sex crimes involving two juvenile victims.
Kenneth Garcia was sentenced Dec. 7 on two counts of first-degree sodomy; second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration with a victim less than 12 years old.
He was sentenced by Judge Ricardo Menchaca to 25 years in prison.
The case began in January after investigators with the Washington County Sheriff's Office learned of possible abuse involving Garcia. Detectives learned that Garcia was a school bus driver employed by Student Transportation of America in Tigard. His bus route included Durham Elementary School and Hazelbrook Middle School in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.
His employer suspended him in January without pay when they learned of the investigation.
Speaking in February, Susan Stark Haydon, a spokeswoman for the Tigard-Tualatin school District, said the bus company informed the district that Garcia had been arrested and that the charges against him did not involve students from the district.
Detective John Shipley of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and fellow investigators said their investigation discovered that Garcia had abusing two young girls over an eight-year span. These crimes took place in Washington, Clackamas and Clatsop Counties.
He was arrested in February. Investigators say he admitted to the abuse and described himself as a "monster." Garcia entered a guilty plea on Nov. 30 and was sentenced a week later.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lewman prosecuted the case.
Under Ballot Measure 11, Garcia was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He must register as a sex offender for life and will be on lifetime post-prison supervision upon his release.