Pedophile who traded 15-yr-old, sexually assaulted another child freed after parents win $15m lottery
47-year-old Jason Carlile was released after his parents Joann Ames and 76-year-old Floyd Ames struck it lucky winning $15.25 million in October 31 and posted their son's bail
A convicted pedophile walked out of jail after his mother, who won a $15 million lottery, posted bail for him. 47-year-old Jason Wayne Carlile, who had been awaiting trial at the Wichita County Jail on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, was freed after his 70-year-old mother, JoAnn Ames, paid 10% of the $100,000 bail he was being held on.
According to the Star-Telegram, Joann and her 76-year-old husband, Floyd Ames, came upon their windfall after striking it lucky with a Lotto Texas the latter had bought. They won $15.25 million in October 31 drawing and will receive around $10 million before taxes are taken out their prize money.
Jail records state that Joann posted $10,000 to free her son, though she told the court that the money had come from emptying their personal savings since she and her husband had not yet traveled to Texas to collect their prize winnings.
While the judge did grant the bail, his previous record and his parents' newfound wealth meant he ordered Carlile to adhere to a curfew, to live in his mother's and stepfather's house, and to wear an ankle GPS monitor on him at all times.
Carlile was scheduled to be back in court on December 10, though the Times Record News reports that district judge Barney Fudge granted a motion of continuance and postponed the sexual assault trial after new charges once again emerged against the 47-year-old.
The charges over which the 47-year-old was originally facing a trial stemmed from a January 1, 2006 incident where he was accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than six. However, the two new charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child that emerged against him — one from a July 1, 2000, rape of a child younger than 14, and the other from allegedly forcing a child younger than 14 to perform oral sex on him on January 1, 2006 — saw the defense request a postponement for "sufficient time for investigation and preparation."
Carlile is still indigent in the eyes of the court — which means he is eligible to have taxpayers in the state pay of his court-appointed lawyer — but this delay, as well as the significant prize money from the lottery, could mean that the 47-year-old will hire a private attorney to represent him in the case.
A conviction here would mean Carlile would be facing his third stint in prison for charges related to child abuse. The Star-Telegram reported that the 47-year-old was previously convicted of the sale or purchase of a 15-year-old girl in Archer County in 2006 and for indecency with a child in Wichita County in 1994. He was sentenced to three years behind bars for each of the two convictions.
But these new charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child each carry a possible sentence of 5 to 99 years, or even a life in prison as well as a $10,000 fine. Carlile's previous record and past convictions would very well mean that the prosecution seeks the maximum possible sentence this time around.