Case found innocent; other charges pending

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

A former educator and candidate for Lincoln County school superintendent was found not guilty of sexual battery and related charges Wednesday morning by a Lincoln County jury, court officials said.

However, Jason R. Case, 36, faces a second, related indictment that remains unresolved and could also go to trial.

In May, a Lincoln County grand jury charged Case, of 3100 Highway 550, with one count of sexual battery, two counts of touching, handling, etc., a child for lustful purposes and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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A trial began Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge David Strong on the charges of sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court documents.

The trial wrapped up Wednesday morning and after about 45 minutes of deliberation, the jury found him not guilty, said Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield.

Curt Crowley, Case’s defense attorney, voiced satisfaction with the trial’s outcome.

 “Jason Case was falsely accused of this crime. There’s not a doubt in mind he was innocent,” Crowley said. “Thankfully, this jury was able to see that and return a verdict of not guilty.”

Officials with the District Attorney’s office declined to offer comment on the trial since Case could face further action on the remaining indictment.

“He’s got more pending charges,” said District Attorney Dee Bates. “We’re going to proceed with that.”

Case’s trial was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Diane Jones.

The May indictment alleged the incidents occurred in Case’s home in 2011 and involved three males all under the age of 18. The indictment did not reveal the ages or names of the alleged victims.

The indictment did say Case “occupied a position of trust or authority” over the alleged victims.

Case has served as a foster parent according to material released by Case during his 2011 run for Lincoln County superintendent.

He has also been previously employed with the Lincoln County and Copiah County school districts, including a stint as prevention-intervention program director for Lincoln County schools.