Jeremy Otrosinka, the Lackawanna young man charged with pretending he was a police officer and scaring some children on a school bus in May, was spared a jail term when he was sentenced Monday by a Town of Evans justice. He was put on probation for three years and ordered to get counseling and complete his high school equivalency degree.
Justice Anthony J. Barone Jr. granted Otrosinka, 18, of Electric Avenue, youthful-offender status on his pretrial guilty plea to criminally impersonating a police officer.
The youthful-offender status will spare him from having a criminal record.
Otrosinka was accused of claiming to be an off-duty police officer responding to a Lake Shore School District school bus driver's radio call of unruly passengers. He then drove off with three boys turned over to him by the bus driver, police said.
The boys -- 11, 12 and 13 years old -- were released unharmed near their homes, and Otrosinka was arrested by Evans town police.
The incident sparked concern among Lake Shore parents and school officials.