A school bus driver in Orange County, Los Angeles was sentenced on Thursday to 151 years in state prison for molesting and taking pornographic photographs of three little girls.
The Los Alamitos School District bus driver met two of his victims while driving their school bus and kidnapped the third by luring her into his car with the promise of a trip to Disneyland, the District Attorney office said.
Terry Shields, 55, Buena Park, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 1, 2009, of 15 felony counts and sentencing enhancement allegations for committing lewd acts on multiple children, substantial sexual conduct with a child, and kidnapping to commit a sexual offense against a child.
On the morning of June 9, 2004, one of his victims, seven-years-old, was walking to school in Anaheim. Shields, who did not know her pulled over in his car and lured the victim into his vehicle with the promise of taking her to Disneyland. He assured her that he would let her mother know. Once the girl was in the car, he ordered her to get into the trunk and kidnapped her by driving the victim from Anaheim to his Buena Park home.
Shields made the helpless girl take off her clothing and pose naked as he took graphic, sexual photos of her. He sexually assaulted the victim by rubbing his penis against her. After several hours of photographing and molesting the child, Shields dropped her off at a nearby McDonalds. A woman found the victim wandering in the parking lot and called the emergency services for help.
The other two girls assaulted by him suffered from a mental disability, it was stated. One of them was 11-years-old and the other only five.
He gained the trust of the victims' parents in order to gain access to the two girls.
Between November 2000 and December 2003, Shields molested the girls and took graphic sexually explicit photographs of the naked children.
On October 4, 2006, Shields was seen viewing child pornography on a computer at a cyber café in Bellflower. A disgusted café employee flagged down a passing police officer as he was leaving work to alert them about Shields, who was arrested at the scene. The driver as found to be in possession of dozens of discs and computer files depicting graphic child pornography, some featuring infants and toddlers.
A subsequent search of Shields' car revealed that Shields was in possession of sexual paraphernalia, photographic equipment, and lures for children including toys and candy. Further investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team, found graphic pornographic images on video tapes and CDs of thousands of unidentified children in the defendant's home. SAFE is a federal task force aimed at preventing Internet crimes against children by targeting online predators and those who possess, produce, or distribute child pornography.
During the sentencing, the mother of the youngest of his victims, asked that Shields receive the maximum sentence and explained that she will never know the full extent of what the defendant did to her young daughter, as she was unable to describe it due to her disability. She stated that Shields not only hurt the children he molested, but he also hurt their families and friends.
"All I can ask is that he's never let out of jail so he can't hurt anyone else again," she told the judge.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case. "I really believe he deserves the death penalty, but that's not available, so I have to settle for the maximum sentence," Brown said outside the courtroom. "He deserves every second he got."
After Orange County Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino handed down his sentence, Shields asked for a new trial, claiming his attorney was incompetent. The judge denied the motion.