Last Thursday, a 26-year-old New York State man who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl he met while driving her school bus escaped jail time time during his sentencing hearing.
Shane Piche, who pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in February, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation by Judge James P. McClusky and will now have to register as a Level 1 sex offender, reported The Watertown Daily Times. “A Level 1 sex offender is considered to be at low risk of committing the crime again and is not included in online sex offender databases,” noted the outlet.
According to WWNYTV 7 News, the victim’s mother wrote in an impact statement: “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.”
The news station reported in February that the victim’s mother also said, “Piche bought her daughter gifts and invited her and other minors to his home where he gave them alcohol and then allegedly raped the young teenager.”
In New York state, sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 17 by someone over the age of 21 is considered a Class E felony, according to NYSenate.gov, and is punishable by up to four years behind bars. (Read more from “Bus Driver Who Raped 14-Year-Old Girl Escapes Jail Time” HERE)