Watertown School Bus Driver Allegedly Raped StudentPosted: Updated: Feb 12, 2019 05:24 AM
A man who drove a bus for Watertown City School District is accused of raping a girl under the age of 15 - a girl he met while driving her bus.
The girl's mother, who asked not to be named in our story, is speaking out.
She tells us 25 year old Shane 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.
State Police arrested Piche on September 5, 2018.
He's accused of raping a girl under the age of 15 last summer. He's charged with second-degree rape, first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Piche was the girl's bus driver, according to her mother.
Police say the alleged rape happened at Piche's home on Ridge Road just outside the city of Watertown.
At the time this allegedly happened, Piche was a driver for Freeman Bus Corporation; he then worked for First Student when it took over the contract in July.
Piche is due in court Thursday and is expected to take a plea.
We are told he no longer drives a bus for the school, but have not been able to confirm that with First Student.
City schools Superintendent Patti LaBarr said while she couldn't comment on the situation specifically, the district takes students' safety and security seriously.
""We will continue to work with all of our contractors to ensure that non-district employees that work with our students are held to the same high standards as our own employees," she wrote in a statement.
We reached out to Piche's lawyer and got no response.