Judge denies request for probation, sentences Jason Brown to 34 months for lewd acts with a child
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Disrict Judge Clint Peterson sentenced former South Middle School teacher and athletic coach Jason Brown to 34 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections Wednesday following his guilty plea last month on three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutor Melissa Johnson said the state agreed not to have a recommendation for sentencing.
Prior to Peterson’s sentencing, Brown’s attorney, Clint Floyd, called two witnesses to the stand, including Brown himself. Floyd first questioned Brown’s mother, Patricia, a corrections officer living in Larned about the case.
Patricia said that Brown currently lives with her and her husband in Larned and that her role in the matter was to provide financial and emotional support and accountability for Jason’s actions.
When Brown was on the stand, he testified that he has sought counseling, has been seeing a therapist for three months and has held a job in that time.
Johnson likewise questioned Brown, particularly about the job, referring to an article in Wednesday’s Daily Leader which stated he had been umpiring softball games in a softball league for ages 14 and under.
Brown admitted to having read the article and to officiating the games. He also acknowledged he knew that doing so was a violation of his probation.
Brown said he was very sorry for what he has done.
“I can’t express my remorse for what I’ve done,” he said.
Brown requested probation, saying he would continue to see a therapist. He had also set appointments with a treatment center in Wichita, and based on a battery of tests performed there, he would agree to have no further contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Floyd later supported Brown’s testimony, saying that since an appropriate treatment exists and that Brown has a large support system, including an extended family, this would help him not to re-offend.
Floyd said Brown is taking the matter seriously, and based upon his criminal history and the testimony of Wednesday’s witnesses, he should be granted probation.
Peterson denied the request, saying Brown’s criminal history score is high and the actions he was accused of were done so in a position of trust. The judge added that trust was abused by the defendant.
The sentence for Brown began on June 21. Conditions of the sentence include registering as an offender and submitting DNA to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for registration.
Brown was also ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 without adult supervision or the permission of his post-release officer.
The charges Brown faced came about following an arrest on Jan. 14. That arrest came following his resignation that same day. All of this was the result of two alleged incidents of “lewd and fondling or touching of a child” less than 14 years old in October and November of 2009 and another alleged incident in December 2009 with the same child, who had turned 14 by that time.