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BREAKING NEWS

Former Randolph bus driver, 67, sentenced to three years probation

MAYVILLE – The Randolph Central School bus driver accused of inappropriate relations with a juvenile male last year was sentenced to three years of probation in Chautauqua County Court on Monday.

John O. Hitchcock, 67, was also handed a $250 fine, and must abide by an order of protection to stay away from the victim.

In April, he accepted a plea deal that dropped seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse charges in exchange for him pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

According to David Foley, Chautauqua County District Attorney, the charges were dropped because of a plea agreement between the District Attorney’s Office and the juvenile’s family and attorney.

“The guilty plea ensured that the very young victim would be spared the trauma of testifying in court, and held the defendant accountable,” Foley said. “We had several meetings with the family on this case and we all agreed that this plea was in the best interest of the child.”

Hitchcock was arrested on March 8, 2013, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-year-old male from September to October 2012 between Randolph and Ashville.

He was picked up without incident on an arrest warrant after an indictment was received, and pleaded innocent to the charges three days later.