Judge denies early release for Scott County ex-teacher convicted of sex crimes involving a teen

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJuly 21, 2014 

GEORGETOWN — A judge has overruled a motion for early release from prison for a former Scott County middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving a teenage girl.

Scott Circuit Judge Rob Johnson denied a defense motion last week for shock probation for Jason Alan Carpenter, 41. Carpenter pleaded guilty in February 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. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Carpenter's relationship with his accuser, who was 16 at the time, began in 2009. He was charged in 2011.

In the motion for shock probation, defense attorney Warren Scoville of London had written that Carpenter would return to his parents' home in Scott County.

Scoville also wrote that Carpenter is a "loving and devoted" father to his two children, even though he lost his house and visitations with his children are limited by his ex-wife.

Carpenter surrendered his teaching license and resigned as high school golf coach, "a volunteer job that meant a lot to him," Scoville wrote.

Carpenter also must register as a sex offender.

Scoville noted that Carpenter had no criminal record before the charges involving the girl. Therefore, Scoville wrote, Carpenter is "an ideal candidate for probation."

Those arguments didn't sway the judge, who did not elaborate on why he overruled the motion.

When probation was sought at sentencing, Johnson told Scoville, "I have no doubt that you have suffered from these actions. But to the extent that I would grant you probation, I believe it would unduly depreciate the nature of the crime."

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

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