Bus driver who pleaded guilty to rape of 14-year-old girl gets no prison time


WATERTOWN, NY (KXAN / CNN) — A New York man got no prison time after he pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl he met while driving her school bus. 

Shane M. Piche, 26, was handed a 10-year probation sentence by Judge James P. McClusky and he will have to register as a Level 1 sex offender, according to a local news outlet in Watertown, New York. The sentence was expected because, as a Level 1 sex offender, he is not considered to be a repeat offender.

State police said Piche met the girl through his job as a bus driver, though the incident took place at his home in June 2018. 

He was charged with rape and also first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of the child after he allegedly provided her with alcohol. 

In February, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of third-degree rape. The District Attorney reportedly requested a Level 2 sex offender designation but Judge McClusky determined that the sentence was appropriate because Piche had no prior arrests and there was only one victim in the case.

He is also required to pay $375 in court fees and surcharges and a $1,000 special sex offender registration fee.

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