Ex-Richmond school secretary convicted of sex with student seeks shock probation

gkocher1@herald-leader.comSeptember 30, 2011 

The attorney for Lynda Chase, the former Richmond school secretary who recently began serving a three-year sentence for the rape and sodomy of a 15-year-old student, has filed a motion seeking either early release from prison or home detention.

The motion for shock probation claims Chase is not receiving the medical attention she needs at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley.

Chase pleaded guilty in May to one count of third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sodomy for having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the boy. She was sentenced Aug. 25, and she will be eligible for probation in a little more than four months if she does not receive shock probation.

Chase had been secretary in charge of attendance at Madison Central High School, where she had worked for at least 10 years. She also kept statistics for the boys' basketball teams.

Chase, 38, uses a wheelchair because she was paralyzed in a car crash that killed her father and a sister when she was 5.

Jim Baechtold, Chase's attorney, would not comment Thursday on the motion filed Madison Circuit Court. He cited a gag order in which a judge prohibited attorneys from speaking about the case.

During Chase's first weekend of incarceration, the motion says, the facility's staff "refused to allow Lynda to take her prescribed medications. Former state Rep. Harry Moberly had to seek intervention with the Department of Corrections just for Lynda to get her prescribed medications and needed medical treatment."

Before she was incarcerated, Chase took her prescribed medication every five hours, the motion says. Since being in prison, she has been able to get only a portion of her medication every eight to nine hours, the motion says.

"This disruption in her medication routine has caused bladder leakages between catheterizations as well as bowel accidents," the motion says.

This situation is "not only humiliating but also physically dangerous for Lynda. Being made to lie in her own waste increases the risk for serious infection as well as bedsores," the motion says.

The motion also says Chase has received no psychiatric treatment and no sex offender treatment since her incarceration.

The motion asks that Chase be granted shock probation with an alternative sentence of home incarceration. "Lynda would not be a danger to anyone on home incarceration and she could receive the medical care that she needs as well as the sex offender treatment which has been ordered by the court," the motion says.

The motion is scheduled to be heard Oct. 13 in Madison Circuit Court in Richmond.

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