Former Bus Driver Gets No Jail Time In Rape Case
A former bus driver in New York was sentenced to absolutely no jail time after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl.
According to reports from the Watertown Daily Times, 26-year-old Shane M. Piche was sentenced only to 10 years of probation and a required registry as a level 1 sex offender last week after he pleaded guilty to third-degree rape.
The district attorney’s office had requested a Level 2 designation for this case, but Judge McClusky said that since Piche had no prior arrests and there was only one victim in this plea, Level 1 was more appropriate. Level 1 sex offenders do not appear on sex offender databases that can be searched by the public.
Piche met the teenage girl while he was working as a school bus driver and went on to rape her at his apartment. Unsurprisingly, the noticeably light sentence garnered a lot of attention on social media with some very strong reactions toward the situation.
“I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” the victim’s mother ended up sharing in a statement. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”
The 26-year-old has also been charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly providing the young girl with alcohol.
Piche’s attorney, Eric T. Swartz, said he feels good about the sentence and confirmed that Piche no longer works at the bus company as a result of the incident. Three “no contact” protection orders were issued against Piche and he is not allowed to be alone with anyone under 17 years old, although there were some exceptions approved.