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Former Lufkin charter school counselor gets probation for child porn charge

John Carter (Source: Angelina County Jail) John Carter (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Lufkin charter school counselor has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge, accepting a five-year probation sentence Friday.

"I think he just got on the wrong track for a little while," said Ryan Deaton, Carter's defense attorney. 


John Wesley Carter, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted possession of child pornography and one count of improper relationship between a teacher and a student in District Judge Bob Inselmann's court.


"It's far better than dismissing the case because we couldn't get a witness in the court to testify," said Art Bauereiss, Angelina County's district attorney. 

Carter was arrested in November 2013 after an investigation into inappropriate conversations he was having with a girl under the age of 10. The girl's parents had planted a recorder on the child and recorded a conversation between Carter and the girl. They then turned in that recording to Lufkin police.

While Lufkin police were investigating that allegation, Carter gave them permission to search his house. Police found evidence that Carter had tried to look up child pornography websites.

Carter must also register as a sex offender and give up his teaching license. He must also perform 200 hours of community service and pay $1,500 in fines.


Carter's defense attorney who has known him for years said Carter has always been a stand-up guy. 


"It's not just one factor. You have to keep in mind things like community safety as well," Bauereiss said. 


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