Judge Sentences School Bus Driver Who Raped 14-Year-Old Girl To No Jail

Critics are outraged that 26-year-old Shane M. Piche won't be serving any time in jail for raping a student.

Watertown, NY – A judge in upstate New York is facing an irate public because he didn’t give jail time to a school bus driver who pleaded guilty to the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Jefferson County Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky sentenced 26-year-old Shane M. Piche to 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

Piche will also have to register as a Level 1 sex offender, meaning he is considered at low risk for re-offending and that his name will not be included in online sex offender databases.

He was working as a school bus driver in the Watertown City School District when he met the student he would eventually have sex with, the Watertown Daily Times reported.

However, the incident occurred at Piche’s home on Ridge Road, not on a school bus.

Numerous people expressed outrage at the fact that the former school bus driver would not have to serve any jail time.

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

It wasn’t clear what led the judge to impose such a lenient sentence but prosecutors were quick to point out that the crime committed by Piche did not involve a use of force.

He was charged because the girl he had sex with was under the age of consent, not because she did not consent, CBS News reported.

Jefferson County Chief Assistant District Attorney Patricia Dziuba defended a lack of severe punishment for having sex with children and said people may have a "preconceived notion that his was a violent, physical act.”

“I’m not saying this wasn't terribly traumatic for the victim, but the charges were based on the lack of ability to consent based on age,” Dziuba explained.

She said she thought people were outraged because they thought there was an automatic jail sentence for rape, and there isn’t.

"Certainly I understand the notion that well, for rape you go to prison — in a perfect world that would be the case," Dziuba said. "But that's not always the case. There's certain levels, just like every other crime."

The prosecutor also pointed out that letting Piche plead guilty to a lesser charge that had similar sentencing guidelines saved the victim from having to testify before a grand jury and then later in court, CBS News reported.

"It's a tough spot — our job is to do justice, and you have to take a lot of things into consideration to do that," Dziuba said.

She pointed out that out that the state’s sex offender program has stringent monitoring and treatment requirements that would ban Piche from working with children in any capacity, CBS News reported.

Any violation of the sex offender program would mean jail time for Piche, the prosecutor said.

Also, the former school bus driver was initially charged with giving alcohol to two other girls at his home in addition to the rape charges, CBS News reported.

The number of victims of a crime is a factor in deciding what level sex offender status should be given to an offender.

In his sentencing of Piche, McClusky noted that there was only one victim and therefore he should be considered the lowest tier of offender, CBS News reported.

There are more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition calling for McClusky's removal.

Comments (20)
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Woobie46
Woobie46

This is UNCONSCIONABLE! The pig school bus driver has a little problem and likes his women SO young that they cannot GIVE consent and he has to ply them with booze first! He's the worst kind of PIG sexual deviant! The judge should be put in prison in his place and the wimps who prosecuted are no better. The whole city should run them out of town on a rail AFTER they are LITERALLY tarred and feathered.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Judge is most likely a pedophile himself

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

New York to be renamed New California.

Daughter
Daughter

He obviously does the same thing or he’d put that pedophile under the jail!!!!!

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

We need to go full Scorched Earth Policy on our Justice System.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 i thought i asked you to control your kin.

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

When liberal politicians at all levels appoint liberal defense attorneys to the bench, this is the result. No common sense, “you be you “ as a former President famously said.

Peggy521
Peggy521

This judge must leave the bench, one way or the other. If he can be voted out, get him out. Otherwise pressure him continually to resign.

thomas_quinn
thomas_quinn

This will be appealed and defendant found guilty. I wonder what the judge was thinking.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Karma......all I can say is K A R M A

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Screw no jail, no prison???!!!! The law is that the child is to young to consent! It does not matter that she may have consented, the LAW stated that she in not of age to consent. Justice may be served faster while he’s on the street.

Macgizzard
Macgizzard

The Legal Industry has become THE cancer to civilized society.

DR226
DR226

He probably has a penis pump on the bench!!! Another Bill Cosby in the making...

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

This judge and the POS are both disgusting and they need to both be sent to jail to be tortured! Welcome to Scmucker/De Blabio/CoCo's NYS "We Don't Give a F" State!

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Interesting how the male judge doesn't appear to have any empathy for the victim or her family. Totally clueless pig.

Rabit1
Rabit1

That so called judge should be hung for allowing the scumbag to roam the streets.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Really?? The article says "state’s sex offender program has stringent monitoring and treatment requirements that would ban Piche from working with children in any capacity, CBS News reported. Any violation of the sex offender program would mean jail time for Piche." Yeah right, like old Planet of the Apes Kim Fox promised a family that if the murderer(who never served a day in prison) of their child ever got into trouble again, he would go straight to jail too. Well guess what, he got caught committing crimes and was suppose to go to jail and serve time for the murder charge, as agreed. But Kim Fox reneged on the whole deal!! The justice system doesn't give a f--k about the victim or law abiding citizens!! Nope, it's all about how can they help the thugs!! 😡😡😡