Convicted sex offender Paul Keith Terry is back in jail on a parole violation after allegedly being spotted at several sporting events and a walking track where children under the age of 18 hang out.

Terry, 49, was arrested this past Tuesday after his probation officer filed a report with Rowan County Circuit Court on probable cause that a probation violation had occurred, said a circuit judge clerk.

Judge Beth Maze issued the bench warrant and Terry was taken into custody at his Jackson home along Burst Lane about 10:30 p.m.

He was transported to the Three Forks Regional Jail in Beattyville and then Friday to the Rowan County Detention Center where he remains without bond.

Terry was granted shock probation Dec. 23, 2008 by Maze after being sentenced Sept. 5 to four years in prison on charges of using electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sex (Class D felony) and the distribution of obscene material to a minor over the Internet (misdemeanor).

Terry was arrested July 2008 following a four-week conversation over the Internet with undercover Morehead Police Lt. David Sexton. Sexton pretended to be a 13-year-old female during the course of the chats. Sexton then obtained a warrant and traveled to Jackson along with Kentucky State Police and made the arrest

After being granted probation, Terry returned to his home in Jackson and was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment and not to be in the company of anyone under the age of 18 while unsupervised.

According to witnesses in Jackson, Terry was seen recently at two girls’ basketball games and also at a walking track where young people frequently visit.

Maze said she granted the shock probation so Terry would have to follow the guidelines and also to prevent him from being released early from prison without treatment.

”The way the parole board is now, they would have let him out anyway to go back on the streets without any treatment,” Maze said in December after granting the shock probation.” This is a heinous crime, and I did not want him released. But if I parole him, then I have the ability to order him into sex offender’s treatment. That’s something he would not receive in prison.”

Commonwealth Attorney Keen Johnson said in December that he agreed with Maze’s decision for shock probation.

All conditions of Terry’s early release are that he will be on supervised probation for five years, he must attend a sex offender’s treatment program, he’s not allowed around minors, he must remain drug and alcohol free, he must allow his probation officer to visit his home at any time, he must answer reasonable inquiries of his probation officer and not to commit additional offenses.

Johnson could not be reached for comment. It is not certain whether Terry had begun sex offender treatment as ordered.

Shock probation provides defendants with an opportunity to receive probation after spending a short period of time in jail.

The theory is that immersing a defendant in the penal system for a short period of time can shock him or her into a non-criminal lifestyle.

According to, a probation officer has the discretion to give the probationer a warning, or to make him or her appear before a court for a probation violation hearing. At the hearing the officer will typically ask that the defendant face additional punishment, usually involving incarceration.

If the person is convicted of the violation, the court will sometimes extend the probation or impose additional terms.

Terry was a former basketball referee and well known in his community. Prior to pleading guilty, several letters of recommendation on Terry’s behalf were sent to Judge Maze.

The letters were from such people as Paul Johnson, owner of a computer store in Jackson, state Rep. Ted Edmonds and the superintendent of Breathitt County Schools.

Being convicted of a Class D felony does not require a person to register as a sex offender.

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