Bus driver accused of sexual abuse takes plea

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former school bus driver in Cattaraugus County accused of sexually abusing a child has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

John Hitchcock, 67, who used to be a bus driver for Randolph Central Schools, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says the plea ensures the very young victim would be spared the trauma of testing in court while holding the defendant responsible.

In a statement, Foley said, “Our assistant district attorneys worked closely with the victim’s family throughout the investigation of this difficult case and the ultimate resolution. 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.”

The district attorney says cases involving young victims can be difficult to prove and have a traumatic impact on the children involved.

“I am grateful for the communication and support of the victim’s family and hope that this plea allows them a sense of resolution,” Foley stated.

Hitchcock will be sentenced on July 14, 2014.

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