School Driver who Stalked 8-year-old Boy and Threatened him lands 9 years in Jail in Concord

School Driver who Stalked 8-year-old Boy and Threatened him lands 9 years in Jail in Concord

Concord, NH: The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a former school bus driver was sentenced to nine years in prison for cyberstalking and menacing an eight-year-old boy in New Hampshire.

Thursday also saw the sentencing of Michael Chick, 40, of Eliot, Maine, to three years of supervised release, as reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. In February, Chick entered a guilty plea to one count of cyberstalking in relation to his involvement in the harassment of a pupil who rode Chick’s school bus.

Since his arrest in August 2022, Chick has avowed his culpability in federal court since June of last year.

The nine-year prison term was the result of a plea agreement that he entered into in January. Chief Judge Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District of New Hampshire rejected an initial plea bargain for six years in prison last year.

Formerly employed by the transportation company First Student, Chick drove the 8-year-old to and from school between June 2020 and May 2022. As per the terms of his plea agreement in January, Chick’s behavior is thought to have originated in March 2022.

According to court documents, the parents of the child developed concerns about Chick in April 2022 and subsequently informed school and police authorities. Chick had previously bestowed gifts upon the child and inquired with the child’s family about the possibility of his attending the child’s baseball games.

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Court documents indicate that following his reassignment of bus routes, Chick maintained communication with the minor and extended an invitation to ride with him.

Investigators accused Chick of menacing the child on the bus. The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated in a news release on Thursday that Chick instructed the minor to “expand lies about a secret organization” over several months.

It also indicated that the fictitious organization, referred to as “The Team,” comprised several hundred criminals. Chick threatened to abduct, torment, and kill the child and his family if the defendant did not comply with his demands.

According to a court affidavit, Chick provided the child with multiple mobile phones and instructed him to take inappropriate photographs of himself. Additionally, he instructed the child to dial Chick’s phone number when he was alone.

The kid and his family were stalked by Chick, as reported by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The juvenile “photographed them in public, placed GPS tracking devices on their vehicles, made surreptitious recordings of the (child) on the school bus, and went to the family’s home in the middle of the night,” the United States Attorney’s Office reported. Additionally, he captured images of the family residence’s interior through the windows.

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“Manipulating the (child) into believing that the (secret organization) was watching and following him,” as stated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he used the information he obtained from stalking the family to harass and intimidate the child.

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