Bucy had confessed to the conduct with a 12-year-old female middle
school student in 1973, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sheila Hanson, who
has been on the case since 1996. It was in 1996 that the victim
realized that Bucy was still teaching, and she wanted to prevent
future abuse. She contacted police, and Bucy was charged in 1997.
He had been placed on three years' formal probation and ordered to
perform 400 hours of community service and pay restitution. He had
also been ordered to register as a sex offender, Hanson said.
He will no longer appear as a registered sex offender.
His record has been expunged, and people will no longer warned of
the possible threat that he poses.
Bucy's attorney, Jennifer Keller, did not return calls.
"I am disappointed that justice was not served, that an individual
that admitted to guilt can no longer be punished," Hanson said. "I
have spent a lot of time with the victim. It was very frustrating
having to inform her what the effect of the supreme court decision
Bucy's conviction is one of many overturned after the Supreme
"In a number of cases where people have been convicted, they have
had their records expunged, and certain number of current cases have
had to be dismissed," said Assistant Dist. Atty. Rosanne Froeberg,
who supervises sexual assault cases in Orange County. "I am
disappointed because whenever we have a known child molester or
rapists that avoids public notification, we fail the public."