Man arrested on child molestation charges



A Noblesville man was arrested on multiple charges of child molestation and exploitation, police announced March 11. Noblesville Police Dept. officers arrested Garrett Lee Cornell, 42, on seven felony counts of child molestation (four Class A felony counts and three Class C felony counts), and one felony count of child exploitation.

NPD Spokesman Lt. Bruce Barnes said at approximately 2:26 p.m. March 10, investigators were summoned to investigate a reported case of child molestation.

“Based upon this information, investigators petitioned for and were later granted a search warrant for an address in the 1500 block of Hannibal Street, Noblesville. During the execution of the warrant, the alleged perpetrator arrived on the scene and was later transported to the NPD,” Barnes said.

Cornell was taken into custody and booked at the Hamilton County Jail just after midnight March 11. His bond is set at $180,000.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the NPD Criminal Investigation Division at 776-6371 and ask for Det. Sgt. Robert Busalacchi.

NPD informed Noblesville Schools that one of its employees was arrested last weekend.

“The employee, a bus driver, has been suspended immediately, pending investigation,” the school district announced via a press release. “We will make resources available to support the child and family involved. Our primary goal is always the safety and security of our students.”

School officials said the incidents under investigation did not take place on school property.