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Dozens of new charges filed against middle school teacher

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A Scott County teacher arrested Wednesday is now facing dozens of new charges.

On Thursday morning, Georgetown Police charged 38-year-old Jason Carpenter with 36 counts of first degree sexual abuse.

According to the arrest warrant, these new charges stem from incidents beginning in October of 09 between Carpenter and a 16-year-old female.

State law says you can't have a relationship with anyone under the age of 18, if you're a teacher or anyone in a position of authority over them.

The arrest warrant also states Carpenter admits to having sex with the alleged victim dozens of times, starting as early as the age of 16.

"The investigation is still ongoing," said Lt. Robert Swanigan with Georgetown Police. "I mean it is very early in the investigation and we are going to stay with it as long as it takes."

He said more charges are likely in the near future.

The new charges are on top of the 23 counts of possessing matter portraying the sexual performance of a minor, and 23 counts of promoting the sexual performance of a minor police filed against Carpenter Wednesday.

Carpenter has been a teacher at Scott County Middle School for 16 years. He was also once the girls' golf coach at Scott County High School.

Only 27 NEWSFIRST was at the Scott County Jail Wednesday afternoon, when police brought Carpenter into custody.

According to the arrest citation, police say they found 18 sexually explicit images of a minor female on Carpenter's computer, along with five sexually explicit videos.

The arrest citation also states Carpenter was aware of the alleged victim's age when he requested she send him the images and videos.

Georgetown Police are working with the Scott County School District in an effort to determine if the alleged victim was one of Carpenter's students.

Carpenter is still in the jail on a $100,000 full cash bond. He declined our request for an interview.

Georgetown Police say they worked with the FBI for more than a month before making the arrest.

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