Shane Piche, who pleaded guilty in February to raping a 14-year-old girl he met while driving her school bus, will avoid jail time and instead be placed on probation for the next 10 years, reports Cleveland 19 News.
The 25-year-old will also have to register as a Level 1 sex offender as a result of his guilty plea to third-degree rape, meaning he’s considered to be at minimal risk of committing the crime again.
The Watertown Daily Times noted that his status as a Level 1 offender means he will not be included in online sex offender databases.
Prosecutors had hoped the former Watertown City School District bus driver would receive a Level 2 designation, but Judge James P. McClusky said the lesser level was more appropriate since there was only one victim and the rapist had no prior arrests, reports Cleaveland 19.
“He’ll be a felon for the rest of his life. 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,” Piche’s defense attorney Eric Swartz told WWNY-TV.
In a statement to WWNY-TV, the victim’s mother said, “I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child. He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”
Piche had also been charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly providing the youth with alcohol.
Piche is no longer allowed to be alone with anyone younger than 17.