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Judge denies probation for Childress

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - A former Hebron Middle ISAP instructor and a former North Bullitt sports coach has been denied probation.

Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress sentenced Larry Brent Childress to eight years in prison on the charges of rape and sodomy relating to an incident between the former educator and a 13-year-old in 1993.

The victim came forward last winter with allegations that the two had intercourse during a period of time.

She made a strong statement to the judge Thursday morning that Childress had continued to lie and did not seem truly remorseful about the incident.

In the original plea agreement, special prosecutor Todd Lewis of the attorney general's office took no position on the request for probation.

The plea agreement recommended Childress would have an eight-year sentence with him serving 120 days in jail.

After listening to testimony, Burress ruled that while Childress had a clean criminal record, granting probation would depreciate the seriousness of the crime.

Attorney Joseph Wantland could ask for shock probation after Childress served 30 days in prison and before 180 days.

Look for the full story in Monday's edition of The Pioneer News.