- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A former Utah bus driver accused of sexually abusing two 5-year-old special needs students has pleaded not guilty to the litany of charges against him.

Court records show 61-year-old John Martin Carrell entered the pleas Tuesday in two separate cases of child sexual abuse. A three-day trial is set for late January.

Prosecutors say Carrell repeatedly sexually abused two girls earlier this year after driving them to Altara Elementary School.

Carrell has maintained his innocence. His attorney, Ron Yengich, says surveillance video taken from the school bus doesn’t show enough to convict his client.

Carrell is charged in two separate cases and faces a combined 33 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

He was on leave from Canyons School District after allegations surfaced in April. He later resigned.

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