Former school bus driver sentenced in child molestation case

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PHOENIX -- A former school bus driver in Mesa was sentenced on Monday morning to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation with sex offender terms.

Billy Bryant, 64, pleaded guilty to three counts of molestation of a child and one count of aggravated assault.

Bryant was arrested in November of 2010 after he lured a 9-year-old girl into his car and groped her.

The child’s father was a witness to the attack, and was able to pull his daughter from Bryant’s vehicle. The father was also able to get Bryant’s license plate number, which he provided to police.

Bryant was arrested, and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Bryant had previously worked as a bus driver for a charter school in Mesa. He was fired in 2009 after being accused in another molestation case.