The Richmond Register

Crime

March 24, 2014

Former MCHS secretary convicted of sex crimes involving teen is released

RICHMOND — A former Madison Central High School secretary convicted in 2011 of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old male student has been released from prison.

Lynda K. Chase, 40, received a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to third-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sodomy.

She was released Sunday, according to online state prisoner records. She will face five years of sex-offender conditional discharge supervision. The state website lists the location of her supervision to be the District 8 Probation and Parole Office in Mount Sterling. The district covers several counties, including Madison.

If she had served her full sentence, Chase would have been released in August. Kentucky law provides that anyone convicted of a felony sex crime is a violent offender and must serve 85 percent of his or her sentence before being considered for parole.

Her risk assessment rating is “very low” according to the state department of corrections website.

Chase admitted during her guilty plea that she “had an inappropriate relationship with a minor.”

The issue of whether Chase was eligible for early release came up shortly after her sentencing. Her attorney, Jim Baechtold, claimed she was not receiving adequate medical care while incarcerated.

Chase was severely injured in a vehicle accident at the age of 5 and is a paraplegic.

Baechtold filed a motion to have Chase released under shock probation and transferred to home incarceration.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith opposed probation for Chase, stating that the woman “took advantage, very much so, of being in a position of authority.”

Judge William G. Clouse declined to grant Chase probation, and she spent the past two and a half years in a state prison.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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