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Man guilty of sex crime wins seat on school board in special election

Philip Carrasco was sentenced to three years of supervised probation on May 14 for inappropriately touching a girl under the age of 18.

Posted: May 23, 2019 11:41 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man convicted of sexual abuse resigned from the Lane Community College board on Thursday, just days after more than 28,000 voters elected him to a second term.

Philip Carrasco was sentenced to three years of supervised probation on May 14 for inappropriately touching a girl under the age of 18.

Despite resigning from his seat on the board in April after being found guilty of the misdemeanor crime, Carrasco’s name remained on the ballot for the May special election, running unopposed for a position on the Board of Directors.

By the end of Election Day, Carrasco had received more than 90 percent of the vote.

According to records filed with the Lane County Elections, Carrasco filed to run for re-election in February. Lane County clerk Cheryl Betschart told reporters that candidates have until March 21 to withdraw their names from the race, meaning if Carrasco changed his mind after he quit and was found guilty, it was too late to take his name off the ballot.

Carrasco's attorney told reporters her client had no comment, but said he will not have to register as a sex offender and the charge could be expunged from his permanent record.

Brett Rowlett, Director of Public Affairs at LCC, said they do not comment individual board races but said the board will be discussing the current Zone 5 vacancy at its May 16 meeting. Rowlett said it's the board's responsibility to appoint a replacement if any board position is left vacant after June 30.

Carrasco said the Board will fill the zone 5 seat now that he has resigned the position.

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