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Jeremy Otrosinka, the Lackawanna teen-ager charged with pretending he was a police officer and scaring some children on a school bus last May, was spared a jail term when sentenced this week by a Town of Evans justice.

He was put on probation for three years. He also was ordered to get counseling if it is found necessary by the Probation Department and complete his high school equivalency

Justice Anthony J. Barone Jr. granted Otrosinka, 18, of Electric Avenue, youthful offender status on his pretrial guilty plea in a case to criminally impersonating a police

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.

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