School secretary in Madison pleads guilty to rape of student

3-year sentence recommended

rclemons@herald-leader.comMay 27, 2011 

RICHMOND — A Madison Central High School secretary admitted Thursday that she'd had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student and pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy charges.

Lynda Chase, 37, is set to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. July 7 in Madison Circuit Court. The prosecution, which opposes probation, has recommended that Chase serve three years in prison. She also would have to register as a sex offender and receive treatment as a sex offender.

"I had an inappropriate relationship with a minor," Chase said Thursday in court.

She pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sodomy.

Chase had been the secretary in charge of attendance at Madison Central, where she worked for at least 10 years. She also kept statistics for the boys' basketball teams. Chase resigned following her arrest, said Erin Stewart, community education director for Madison County Schools.

Chase uses a wheelchair because she was paralyzed in a car crash that killed her father and a sister when she was 5 years old.

According to Lt. Jamie Wynn, Chase was not being held Thursday in the Madison County jail in advance of sentencing, and had only been in jail from the afternoon of March 28 until the morning of March 29.

Chase's attorney, Jim Baechtold, said he could not discuss the case because of a gag order.

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