• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Former WCMS teacher enters guilty plea to sex charges

A 28-year-old former Woodford County Middle School social studies teacher pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Under the plea agreement, Lindsey Banta Jarvis will serve 18 months in prison. The Lexington woman engaged in sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse with a male juvenile younger than 16 years old in June 2016 and May 2016, according to an indictment returned by a Woodford County grand jury.

Jarvis is scheduled for sentencing in Woodford Circuit Court Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. A misdemeanor charge of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor was dismissed under the plea agreement.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Lee Greenup told Circuit Judge Brian Privett that the offer of 18 months on each felony charge (to run concurrently for a total of 18 months in prison) was “made pursuant to a meeting with the victim and the victim’s family.” He also pointed out that Jarvis, who could have faced up to five years in prison on each of the class D felony charges, is ineligible for probation. She will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her sentence.

Privett ordered a sex offender evaluation for Jarvis. She has been in sex offender treatment, her attorney Jim Lowry told the judge.

Privett granted Lowry’s request to allow Jarvis to be placed on home incarceration until sentencing. Greenup said he had no objection and did not think Jarvis was a flight risk.

Jarvis was not required to wear an ankle monitor, but Privett did order her to have no contact with the victim or his family.

Jarvis, who worked as a paraprofessional for Veterans Park Elementary School in Lexington before being charged here, has been charged with two counts of third-degree rape in Fayette County.

Jarvis was a social studies teacher at WCMS beginning in August 2013. She was employed by Woodford County Public Schools through the 2015-16 school year before tendering her resignation, according to schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins.

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