The 25-year-old Shane Piche pleaded guilty to taking advantage of a 14-year-old girl he met while driving her school bus back in February.
He received a sentence of spending the next 10 years on probation. However, he will serve no prison time.
He will also have to register as Level 1 offender, which means that he will not be included in the online offender databases, as reported by Watertown Daily Times.
Even though prosecutors had hoped that Piche would receive a Level 2 designation, Judge James P. McClusky said that the first level was more appropriate for him, because there was only one victim and Piche had no prior arrests.
Eric Swartz, Piche’s defense attorney told WWNY-TV that his client will be a felon for the rest of his life, and he will be on the offender registry for a long time.
The former bus driver is no longer allowed to be alone with anyone younger than 17, as three orders of protection were issued at the sentencing.
The mother of the 14-year-old girl said that she wishes Piche would have received time in jail for the harm that he caused to her child. He took something from her she will never get back, and he caused her to struggle with anxiety and depression for life.