No jail time, ten years probation, and the lowest level sex offender designation. That’s the sentence handed out to Watertown, New York’s 26-year-old Shane M. Piche for raping a 14-year-old girl in his home after serving her alcohol. Piche had pled guilty to third degree rape of a 14-year-old girl he met as her school bus driver. Judge James P. McClusky said the reasoning for the low-level sex offender classification was due to the fact that Piche did not have an arrest record and there was only one victim.
“It is undisputed that an overwhelming majority of the body politic of the city is repulsed by the Monument,” Graffeo wrote. When he ordered the monument covered up, former Mayor William Bell told member station WBHM he wished the obelisk would eventually be moved to a museum and away from the center of the majority African-American city.