Former Fayette schools employee to serve one year for abusing four boys

jmadden@herald-leader.comJune 20, 2014 

Jason Thompson worked at Leestown Middle School.

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A former Fayette County Public Schools employee and well-known Zumba instructor was sentenced Friday to one year in prison for sexually abusing four boys.

Jason Thompson was sentenced to one year in jail on six counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Thompson was ordered to serve the sentences concurrently, meaning he will spend a total of one year in jail.

Additionally, Thompson will have to register as a sex offender for 20 years, and he cannot have any contact with the boys.

In 2012, Thompson was charged with second-degree sodomy and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The charges were reduced as part of a plea deal in February.

Three of the charges stem from incidents between May and August of 2009 involving a 13-year-old boy who lived with Thompson and slept in the same bed with him, according to court documents. The documents said Thompson performed oral sex upon and fondled the boy, and masturbated while the boy was in the room.

The rest of the charges relate to the abuse of three other boys whom Thompson hugged, kissed on the forehead and fondled while a teacher at Leestown Middle School, the documents show.

A 1999 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High school, Thompson worked for the school system from 2006 until he resigned at the end of the 2010-11 school year. Thompson resigned after school officials questioned him about the allegations.

Thompson is expected to report to jail at 10 a.m. June 25.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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