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No jail time for school bus driver who admitted raping 14-year-old girl he met on route

Posted: 8:23 AM, Apr 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-30 08:23:18-04

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — A school bus driver in New York who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl who was on his bus route has avoided jail and was sentenced to probation.

WWNY  reported that 25-year-old Shane Piche will be on probation for 10 years and must register as a sex offender.

Piche pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in February and was sentenced on Thursday.

The judge noted Piche had no previous arrests and there was only one victim, according to the Watertown Daily Times .

“I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” the victim’s mother said in a statement.

“He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

“He’ll be a felon for the rest of his life,” defense attorney Eric Swartz said. “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.”