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Disgraced ex-youth minister given chance to clear conviction

September 5, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former youth minister who admitted to soliciting an underage girl for sex has been given the chance to clear his conviction.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword gave 48-year-old Jason Evan Kennedy the chance to clear his record Tuesday after his arrest in a 2016 sex sting. The judge says he can recognize people who are truly remorseful, noting he has served as an adviser in situations involving troubled clergy.

Kennedy was sentenced to 30 days in jail and six years of supervised probation with eligibility for judicial diversion.

If Kennedy successfully completes his probation, he’ll be able to have his conviction for solicitation of a minor for commercial sex removed from his record and his name removed from Tennessee’s sexual offender registry.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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