(Meredith) -- A former upstate New York bus driver who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl will avoid prison time. 

Shane M. Piche, 26, was sentenced to 10 years' probation last week, the Watertown Daily Times reported. The ruling comes two months after Piche pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in the 2018 incident.

Police said he met the girl on a bus he drove for the city's school district, but raped her at his Watertown home. 

Shane M. Piche

As part of his plea deal, Piche is not allowed to be alone with anyone under the age of 17. He must also register as a Level 1 sex offender -- which is less severe than the Level 2 designation the district attorney recommended. 

Level 1 offenders are considered to be "low risk" of committing the crime again and are not included in online sex offender databases, according to the Daily Times.

Judge James P. McClusky noted that Piche had no prior arrests, and his crime involved one victim.

In a written statement to WWNY-TV, the victim's mother said she was disappointed with the sentence.

"I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child," she wrote, according to the station. "He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety."

Piche's defense attorney, Eric T. Swartz, said he feels good about the judge's decision and confirmed that Piche no longer works for the bus company. 

"He'll be a felon for the rest of his life," he said, according to WWNY-TV. "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." 

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This pos to bad he is still breathing ,,, an for the trolls that mention the west side let me tell u something ok ,,,crime is in all four sides of this city not only the west side ,there’s rapes, murders in snotsdale , sun city has the elderly fighting one another but you don’t hear about it cause for one thing who cares about sun city an second of all Barney fife does not report it to the news , Gilbert chandler has its own share of bs too,,, now phx sur we bad over here cause we keep folks inline . Now that u know we kool over here don’t bring your nasty pedophile butt over this way ok . Don’t start judging me by race cause I’m not Hispanic , black much less white . I’m just one fine dude that your daughter would want to mate with .


Bet he is a friend to Judge James P. McClusky or he would have received 15 to 20 years. Also why did he not get the highest level of sex offender registration?


Im willing to bet it was a mutual thing between the two of them, an the defence got to win this case therefore the guy does no time. Courts are all about who's turn is it to win this time. Have you ever known a criminal to get what they deserved?? Not hardly. That way judges don't have to earn their money an have plenty of time to golf. There is no justice in america anymore.


There's no such thing as mutual sex between a 14 yr old and 26 yr old. That's molestation.


criminals get what they deserve 95% of the time...what are you talking about?


I think this is probably statutory rape if anything. So that's why he isn't getting jail time.


A classic example of white privelege. If he was Black, it would be `10 years. If the victim was white, 20 years.


don't like it, bleach your skin. Or...have your people change their ways and be productive and skilled at something more than drug dealing.


@MyOwnMind. Have your people change their ways? This rapist is a f^cked up in the head pedophile white guy. Sounds to me like your all f^cked up in the head too. You might want to stop the inbreeding there’s already too many idiots like yourself


@Daddy your an idiot I’m not black I’m 3rd generation hispanic 💯 % United States American. Looks like your inbred uncle/brother is going to need money on his books

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Daddy what’s with all the sex with animals, child molestations, shootings of your children, school mass shootings, theft from DPS, fentanyl possession, meth addiction, prescription drug addictions, what’s up with all that. You f^ckin hypocrite look at your own race before you start knocking mine.


Oooo da' white man shore be mean to us black folks!


I wonder if a "big beautiful wall" would have prevented this from happening? I wonder!

Big Rich

Rape does not land one in prison?



4 prison walls would prevent future rapes from this f^ck-up




Where is Dexter when you need him.


white judge


Three words, good defense attorney.


Castration with a dull rusty pocket knife



Phillup Witgas

Wow. That is a pretty light sentence for rape. Stunned......


The Judge should be in JAIL!!!!


If this was truly a rape (have you seen 14 year old girls lately?), then this sentence is way too light and the perp should do prison time. Granted, laws are laws but this punishment seems way too easy. Don't think we have all the facts here.


Shredder are you serious the guy admitted to it. It doesn’t matter what 14 year olds look like rape is rape this a** hole should have gotten 10 years-minimum stop trying to blame the victim


I like your comment, Djamz.


You can tell if a girl is too young no matter what they look like. This guy is just a perv.

Stephanie Dyer

She is 14, he is a 26 year old adult, It is TRULY RAPE but your type of comment is exactly why men get away with raping children and your attitude was likely shared by the judge who let him get away with it by blaming the child victim. .

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