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O.C. school bus driver convicted of molesting three girls

December 1, 2009 |  3:27 pm

An Orange County school bus driver was convicted today of molesting and taking pornographic photos of three girls.

A jury found Terry Shields, 54, of Buena Park guilty of 15 felony child sex and kidnapping charges for assaulting the girls, ages 5, 7, and 11 when the crimes occurred between 2000 and 2004.

Shields met two of the girls while driving a bus for the Los Alamitos School District. The third he kidnapped in 2004, luring the 7-year-old on her way to school into the trunk of his car by promising her a trip to Disneyland.

He was arrested in 2006 after an employee caught him looking at child pornography on a computer at a Bellflower cyber café.

Authorities seized thousands of pornographic images of unidentified children, infants and toddlers from Shields and identified three of the victims from the images. In his car they found sexual paraphernalia, photographic equipment and lures for children, including toys and candy.

Shields faces a maximum of 207 years to life in state prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 24.

--Tony Barboza