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Ex-teacher pleads guilty in child porn case

Posted October 14, 2008

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— A former Chatham County teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual exploitation charges based on child pornography that was found on his computer.

Jason Garant Perkins, 39, of 504 Sutter Gate Lane in Morrisville, who taught at the Woods Charter School in northern Chatham County, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced to 16 to 20 months in prison, which was suspended to 20 days in jail, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

He also must register as a sex offender, complete a state program for sex offenders and consent to random searches of his computers.

Perkins resigned from his teaching position last spring after a State Bureau of Investigation probe found digital images of children in explicit poses on his home computer hard drive. According to court documents, the photos depicted a girl engaged in sex acts alone and with a man.

An SBI source told WRAL News that Perkins came under investigation after he solicited an undercover officer online in February.

Perkins taught middle and high school students at Woods Charter School. He also previously taught in the school systems of Wake, Cumberland and Carteret counties, authorities said.

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  • present1 Oct 14, 2008

    Probation yeah, probation.........what a joke

  • Adelinthe Oct 14, 2008

    KevInApex - "...the penalties for this kind of perversion need to be severe enough to make them think twice. Too often we hear from these types again and ask the question, why didn't they lock him up the first time."

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    Especially where the sexual abuse of children is involved, cause they get off on sexual situations with children and no type or amount of therapy can change that. California tried therapy for years, and it failed - miserably.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 14, 2008

    "He was sentenced to 16 to 20 months in prison, which was suspended to 20 days in jail, and was placed on supervised probation for five years."

    ARE THEY KIDDING!!! Why not just pay for the guy's ISP charges so he can go and do it again.

    Unbelievable!!!

    Praying for the souls of those abused wee ones he leered at online.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ERRN Oct 14, 2008

    Yuk.

  • GasHogg69 Oct 14, 2008

    20 days seems a little light, but there is the S. O. registering -- that would be a real pain and humilation. People can look it up online and see your mugshot for the rest of your life. Plus this story will be on google for the rest of your life. Plus, sounds like the legal and regular bills were tough due to job loss. This story just goes to show -- if you have any, ahem... "questionable material" on your machine, you need to use a good encryption program like www.truecrypt.org!

  • KevInApex Oct 14, 2008

    The sentence was too light! Why does this guy walk with only 20 days in jail? Even if it is a first offense the penalties for this kind of perversion need to be severe enough to make them think twice. Too often we hear from these types again and ask the question, why didn't they lock him up the first time.

  • americangirl Oct 14, 2008

    He should of gotten more of a punishment than that.

  • FloydTurbo Oct 14, 2008

    How come so many of "these cases" seem to come out of Chatham or Orange County? ..... How come ???

  • ContinuityMan Oct 14, 2008

    That's got to be the most vicious and debilitating slap on the wrist ever administered by a North Carolina court. Hard time, indeed...