Former Randolph Bus Driver Sentenced To Three Years Of Probation

MAYVILLE – The Randolph 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 morning.

John O. Hitchcock, 67, will also have to pay a $250 fine, and an order of protection has been issued against him by the victim’s family.

In April, sexual abuse charges against Hitchcock were dropped, but he pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

According to David Foley, Chautauqua County District Attorney, the seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse against 67-year-old were dropped as a result of a plea agreement between the District Attorney’s Office and the juvenile’s family and attorney.

Hitchcock, who had been held in Chautauqua County Jail since his arrest on March 8, 2013, was accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old male from September to October 2012 between Randolph and Ashville.

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

See Tuesday’s edition of The Post-Journal for a complete report.