Jason Carlile

Mom who won $15M lottery jackpot bails out sex offender son accused of raping a child

A Texas woman who won a $15 million lottery jackpot is at the center of controversy for reportedly bailing her child molester son out of jail after he was accused of raping a child.

According to Wichita Falls Times Record, Jason Carlile, 47, was sentenced to three years in jail in 2007 for exposing himself to a 2-year-old boy in 1994; he also has a conviction for kidnapping a 15-year-old girl and attempting to take her to Mexico while free on the child indecency charge.

Carlile was ordered to register as a sex offender until 2020. Now, he’s facing criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a child younger than 14 in 2006.

Carlile was arrested for the 2006 sex assault in December 2017. His mother and stepfather bailed him out on November 3, days after winning the lottery, according to KAUZ.

While JoAnn and Floyd Ames haven’t received the sizeable payout yet, the Times Record News reported that the couple testified that they cleared out their savings to post Carlile’s $10,000 bond. JoAnn also told prosecutors that her son has no bank account, passport or car.

In a statement, the Texas Lottery indicated that the couple will receive about $10 million before accounting for taxes. JoAnn, 70, reportedly testified that they would collect $7 million, possibly in the last week of November.

Despite this, the court decided Thursday that Carlile is entitled to a public defender.

“The circumstances in this case are unusual,” Judge Barney Fudge said while handing down his ruling.

He went on to tell the couple, “If you do intend to assist him by hiring a private attorney…it would be the court’s suggestion that should happen immediately because it will not affect the trial date.”

Carlile’s trial is scheduled for December 10. While free on bond, he’s required to wear a GPS monitor, stay in Wichita County, and live at his mother’s house.

 

[Featured image: Jason Carlile/Wichita County Sheriff’s Office]