“He’s not a monster” Mother of Convicted Rapist of 14 Year Old Defends “Gullible” Son

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There has been a national outcry since 26-year-old Shane Piche was given zero jail time and 10 years probation after giving a 14-year-old girl alcohol and raping her. He pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in February, which led him to be classified as a level one sex offender. Piche’s mother claims her son was simply “gullible” and isn’t “the monster he’s portrayed to be.”

Piche’s mother, who talked to Daily Mail, didn’t wish to have her name released as the family has been receiving death threats from those who disagree with the court ruling that occurred earlier this week, which we covered here.

Piche’s mother was in utter disbelief when she heard her son was being investigated for the rape of an underage girl. “It’s not him. It’s hard to comprehend or understand. It’s so unlike him.”

She worries that he is being portrayed as a monster by the media. “I support him. He’s not the monster he’s portrayed to be. There is zero chance of him re-offending,” she said. “Shane has always been a good kid and went from never even having a ticket to a felon in the blink of an eye.” She claims her son is simply “a bit gullible.”

Piche’s mom commended her son for not running when he heard he was going to be arrested. “Shane took responsibility for his actions. He fully cooperated, turned himself in and has accepted it all. He wasn’t arrested. He didn’t have to be hunted down.”

The mother explained that she didn’t think her son was getting off scot-free. “It’s not like he’s free. He’s still going to be a felon. He still has to see a counselor. He can’t leave our county. It’s going to be hard for him to get a job. It’s not going to be easy.”

The 14-year-old victim’s mother read a statement following the ruling. “I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” she said. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

Judge James McClusky, the judge who handed down the lenient sentence, has been met with a national outcry. A petition has been created with 62,000 signatures that reads: “Judge McClusky cannot be trusted to protect survivors of sexual assault, and he needs to be removed from the bench.”

Unified Court System spokesperson rebuked the outcry with a statement. “The Judge’s chambers have received numerous vitriolic calls regarding the case, the vast majority from out of state, by individuals who know nothing about the facts and circumstances of the case, thanks to social media.”