An upstate New York bus driver was pardoned by a judge from going to prison after he pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old teenager.
The judge is under fire after sentencing the 26-year-old man to probation and ordering him to pay fees, despite the prosecutor’s request for of prison time.
Bus driver Shane Piche was arrested after an investigation found that he had sexual intercourse with a minor girl that he had met on his bus route.
The public information officer for the New York state police, Trooper Jack Keller told that after Piche met the girl through his bus route for the school district in Watertown, New York, they started interacting through social media.
Keller said that in late June or early July last year, Piche picked up the 14-year-old girl as well as two of her friends and brought them to his house. Keller told that the investigation found that Piche raped his main target and gave her two friends — both minors — alcohol.
Piche pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay a total of $1,750 in fees according to the court records.