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Former Scott County teacher arrested for attending Georgetown College event

A former Scott County middle school teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday for attending an event at Georgetown College after being told not to come on campus, according to court records.

Jason Carpenter was charged with second-degree criminal trespass.

Carpenter, who was coach of the high school girls' golf team, was arrested in August on more than 75 charges of sexual abuse and possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Some of those charges were dropped by a grand jury; he was indicted on six counts of sexual abuse, 25 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordie Shaw said.

That case is pending.

According to an arrest warrant charging Carpenter with criminal trespass, the former teacher was given notice that he was banned from the college's campus in August. "Several adult individuals" then saw Carpenter at a dance recital at the John L. Hill Chapel on Dec. 2.

It wasn't clear why Carpenter was banned. Dan Brown, head of security at Georgetown College, said the case was a "police issue" and deferred comment to Georgetown police. Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan said he could not say whether Tuesday's criminal trespass charge was related to the previous sex charges, only that the college had prohibited Carpenter from setting foot on campus.

Carpenter was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Scott County Detention Center, where he was held on a $2,000 bond.

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