A Lincoln man who formerly worked at schools in Denver and a church in Cherryville pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second-degree kidnapping in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom, court officials said.
Brandon James Carter will spend 22 to 36 months behind bars for a sex-related incident involving a 13-year-old girl at a county residence in 2004, deputies said.
Originally charged with one count each of indecent liberties with a minor and statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old by a defendant six years older, Carter pleaded guilty to the indecent liberties charge along with second-degree kidnapping, while the rape charge was dropped as part of the plea deal, clerk officials told the Times-News.
Following Carter’s release from prison, he will undergo 30 months of supervised probation and expected to enroll in a sex offender treatment program, clerk officials said. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Carter once worked as the music director at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville, deputies said. However, a church employee told the Times-News that he resigned from the position in 2011 and didn’t work at the church at the time the incident but was still a member.
He also worked with music programs at East Lincoln High School and East Lincoln Middle School, but was not a teacher, according to prosecutors. They said he did not know his victim from any of these workplaces.