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Ex-Michigan Bus Aide Sentenced For Sex Assaults Involving Kids

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) – A former bus aide in northern Michigan has been sentenced to 20-30 years in prison after authorities say he sexually assaulted at least 10 young riders.

WHSB-FM and The Alpena News report 26-year-old Andrew Bartz of Alpena was sentenced Monday for criminal sexual conduct stemming from assaults involving children ages 3 to 15 in 2014 and 2015. Bartz apologized in court, saying there’s “no excuse” for what he did.

Authorities say Bartz was an employee of Prell Services and worked as a bus aide on Thunder Bay Transportation Authority buses, helping special needs and preschool children on and off buses. They say he assaulted nine children.

Authorities say he also assaulted a 3-year-old boy in Alcona County while working as a bus aide. He was earlier sentenced in that case.

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