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School bus driver who raped teen girl avoids jail time thanks to a judge


Source: Watertown Police Department

David Boroff
New York Daily News

A former school bus driver in upstate New York will not serve any time behind bars for raping a 14-year-old girl.

Shane Piche, who transported kids to and from classes in Watertown, was sentenced to 10 years probation and must register as a Level I sex offender, according to 7 News.

The punishment for the 25-year-old Piche, who pleaded guilty to third-degree rape earlier this year, did not satisfy the teen victim’s family. The defendant had met the girl while driving the bus.

“I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” the girl’s mother wrote in a victim impact statement, according to 7 News. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

Piche was also ordered not to be left alone with anyone under 17. He did not say anything during his sentencing.

Prosecutors had asked that Piche should be considered a Level 2 sex offender, but Judge James McClusky said Level 1 was more fitting considering the defendant did not have a criminal history and there was only one victim in the case, according to the Watertown Daily Times. A Level 1 offender is considered low risk.

“He’ll be a felon for the rest of his life,” defense lawyer Eric Swartz said, according to 7 News. “He’s on the sex offender registry for a long time. Maybe not the rest of his life because of the level but this isn’t something that didn’t cause him pain and this isn’t something that didn’t have consequences.”


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