Ex-Scott County middle school teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

gkocher1@herald-leader.comFebruary 28, 2014 

GEORGETOWN — A former Scott County middle school teacher pleaded guilty this week to two counts connected with a relationship he had with a 16-year-old girl, according to court records.

Jason Alan Carpenter, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors recommended a two-year prison sentence. The other 28 charges of a 30-count indictment were dismissed or merged into the counts to which Carpenter pleaded guilty.

Carpenter, a former coach of the high school girls' golf team, would also have to undergo sexual offender treatment and register as a sexual offender, according to court records.

The victim and her parents had agreed to the plea agreement and the recommended sentence. Carpenter's relationship with his accuser began in 2009. He was initially charged in 2011.

Scott Circuit Court Judge Rob Johnson scheduled final sentencing for May 5.

A misdemeanor trespassing charge against Carpenter is pending in Scott District Court. He had been told not to go onto the campus of Georgetown College, but in late 2011 several people saw him at a dance recital at the John L. Hill Chapel.

A status hearing on that case is scheduled for March 11, according to court records.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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