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Garden Grove school bus driver arrested for allegedly molesting girl

A bus driver for the Garden Grove Unified School District was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of  molesting a girl for seven years beginning in 1991.

The girl, who is now 25, was 5 years old when the abuse allegedly began. She contacted authorities in April when she realized that bus driver Cody Charles Johnson, 47, had a job around children, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

Johnson is suspected of molesting the girl about 20 times, department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"There was substantial sexual contact," Amormino told The Times, "and we were able to corroborate that."

Because investigators  uncovered numerous incidents, there is no statute of limitations on the crimes, according to Amormino.

He said Johnson drives special-needs children and has operated buses for the district since 2005. 

Johnson was booked on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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