Convicted sex offender gets 5 months for violating probation
Rockland — A 46-year-old Chelsea man was sentenced to serve five months in jail after he admitted to violating probation following a 2007 conviction for sex offenses against two children.
Jason Simpson was sentenced to serve five months in Knox County Jail March 24 by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm. Simpson will continue probation after he is released from jail.
Simpson admitted to not reporting to his probation officer, not informing his probation officer of a change of his address, and not complying with sex offender counseling.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said Simpson dropped out of counseling after he refused to take a polygraph exam. Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt said his client did refuse the exam, but was within his rights to refuse to answer questions, citing the Fifth Amendment.
The sentence was recommended by Baroody and Pratt.
Simpson was convicted of eight counts of gross sexual assault in 2007 and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison with all but five years suspended. He was ordered to abide by six years of probation upon his release.
He is not allowed to have contact with children younger than age 18.
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