School bus monitor sentenced to two life prison sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child

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Matthew Turner Curry plead guilty to five cases in the 9th District Court of Montgomery County, with Judge Phil Grant presiding, and was sentenced to two life sentences for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, and 10 years on three counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Grant granted the state’s motion requesting the sentences be stacked so one does not begin until the previous one ends.

The District Attorney’s Office said in December of last year, Detective Audrey Terrell with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in which a 6-year-old child said she was inappropriately touched by an unknown male. Children’s Safe Harbor assisted in the investigations, and that male was later determined to be Matthew Turner Curry. During their investigation, members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office learned that Curry had photographed and video recorded himself sexually assaulting a 4-year-old special-needs child on the school bus he monitored. Curry then shared those images online via email.

Judge Grant heard testimony from the mothers of both children, detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and MCSO Investigator Timothy Slusher. At the conclusion of the punishment hearing, Assistant District Brittney Aaron asked Judge Grant to give the maximum sentence in each charge, and additionally to stack those sentences because that was the only way to guarantee that this defendant will not harm another child.

“This defendant not only victimized a 4-year-old child in our community, he memorialized it by recording it and sharing it with like minded people on the internet,” Aaron said. “After today, this defendant will never have an opportunity to spread his filth again, but our local law enforcement agencies will not stop with just him. They will continue to pursue those who would try to share and trade images of our children. We are also thankful for a 6-year-old girl who was smart enough to run away and whose bravery helped us stop this defendant.”

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