On Thursday, a former bus driver for the Watertown City School District received a sentence of 10 years’ probation after he admitted in February to raping a 14-year-old, local newspaper the Watertown Daily Times reports.
The 26-year-old Shane M. Piche appeared before James P. McClusky in Jefferson County Court and received no jail time, as expected from his February 21 guilty plea deal to third-degree rape. He will be on probation for 10 years and is required to register as a Level 1 sex offender.
The judge denied the district attorney’s request that Piche be registered as a Level 2 offender, stating that the rapist had no prior encounters with law enforcement and only had one victim.
A Level 1 designation is given to a sex offender that is unlikely to commit the crime in the future. Level 1 offenders are not listed in online sex offender registries.
State police say that Piche met the young girl while driving school buses, but that the crime occurred in his residence on Ridge Road in New York. He also faced charges for reportedly giving the child alcohol.
Piche’s lawyer, Eric T. Swartz, approved of the punishment and stated that the offender is no longer employed at the bus company.