New York man gets no jail time after pleading guilty to raping 14-year-old girl

A New York man who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl will reportedly serve no time in prison.

Shane M. Piche, who once served as a Watertown City School District bus driver, was sentenced last week to 10 years probation, according to the Watertown Daily Times. Piche, 26, must register as a Level 1 sex offender as part of his sentence. 

{mosads}The district attorney’s office had called for Piche to receive Level 2 sex offender designation. But the judge, James McClusky, reportedly said that Level 1 was more appropriate since Piche had no prior arrests and there was only one victim involved. 

A Level 1 sex offender designation is given to individuals whom the court believes are at low risk of committing the crime a second time. 

State police said that Piche met the victim through his job as a school driver and that the incident occurred at his home.

Piche’s attorney,  Eric T. Swartz, told the Watertown Daily Times that Piche stopped working for the school district following the incident. 

“I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” the victim’s mother wrote in a victim impact statement, according to the CBS affiliate WWNY-TV. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

In addition to 10 years probation, three orders of protection were also issued against Piche. He is no longer allowed to be with anyone under the age of 17, though exceptions can be made, according to reports. 


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