MAYVILLE – John O. Hitchock, a former Randolph school bus driver, faces a likely sentence of probation on a misdemeanor plea deal he accepted Tuesday before Chautauqua County Judge John T. Ward, according to District Attorney David A. Foley.
Under an agreement among the parties, Hitchock, 67, was allowed to plead guilty to a count of endangering the welfare of a child. Under the deal, the seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse that had been lodged against Hitchcock for his behavior with his former school bus victim were dropped.
Now free pending his July 14 sentencing, Hitchock had been arrested in March 2013 for sexually abusing a 6-year-old school boy in September and October 2012. Foley noted that cases involving such young victims can be quite difficult to prove in a court of law.
Neither Hitchock or his attorney, Ryan F. McCann, could be reached to comment on the plea deal and Hitchcock’s future work plans. Under the plea Hitchock would at most face a local jail term of up to one year. Foley said the judge is likely to place him on probation for three years under the misdemeanor conviction.