ELLSWORTH — A former school bus driver from Deer Isle has been convicted of sexually assaulting a girl over several years when she was between 4 and 8 years old.

Larry Bunt was convicted in Hancock County Superior Court this week of multiple counts of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

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The judge sentenced Bunt to six years in prison, 10 years probation, 14 years to the Department of Corrections and he must register as a sex offender for life.

Prosecutors say the molestation occurred from 2000 to 2004.

The victim, now a teenager, came forward last year.

WABI-TV reports that the conviction was based partially on a recorded phone call between the teen and Bunt in which he said what he did was wrong.

Authorities have said the 53-year-old Bunt did not meet the victim through his job as a bus driver.