Man pleads guilty to child molesting



A Noblesville man pleaded guilty to child molesting in a case in which his 14-year-old son turned him into police after finding a video of his father engaging in sexual acts with his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter.

Garrett Cornell, 42, was arrested at his residence on March 10 and charged with eight felonies (seven counts of child molesting and one count of child exploitation). On Sept. 13, he pleaded guilty to one count of child molesting, a Class A felony, and one count of child exploitation, a Class C felony, as part of a plea agreement.

Cornell faces sentencing in late October.

In Indiana, a Class A felony conviction carries a fixed term between 20 and 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A Class C conviction carries a fixed term between two and eight years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Cornell worked as a bus driver for Noblesville Schools but was suspended immediately following his arrest.

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