Scott Bush sentenced to life in prison in child-sex case

Bush also classified as sexual predator in raping of 2 girls

WINDERMERE, Fla. - A former Windermere businessman, whose sex battery case led to the termination of Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor, has been sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Scott Bush, 52, was sentenced to life in prison and classified as a sexual predator after a six-member jury found him guilty of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious molestation and battery in his raping of two young girls.

Just before the judge sentenced Bush to life in prison, he still proclaimed his innocence.

"I haven't done these things which have been egregiously stated against me," said Bush. "I don't understand how I'm in this position when there's no evidence to any of this."

In January, a jury found Bush guilty of capitol sexual battery and two other sex crimes against children.

Before the judge handed down the sentence Friday, Bush's attorney, Frank Bankowitz pushed for a new trial because of a diary that belonged to one of the victims.

"There's nothing in that journal that indicates any type of sexual abuse whatsoever," said Bankowitz.

Bush's attorney said the journal was discovered after the trial, and the victim never mentioned being abused.

However, after examining the diary, the judge ruled it was a school journal read by Bush and the victims, teachers and classmates, so the victim likely wouldn't have written about abuse.

"All my friends know that my dad is a great guy," said Scott Bush, Jr.

Bush's son and a family friend testified on his behalf, but it was too late.

"I haven't done these things. I don't know why I'm here," said Bush. "And I don't understand why I'm being given a sentence like this for a crime I didn't commit."

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