A former West Genesee School District Board of Education member will spend six months behind bars and 10 years on probation after being sentenced on Thursday for attempting to have sexual contact with a 12-year-old Cayuga County girl.
46-year old James Soper was arrested in a State Police sting operation last October and was charged with first-degree attempted criminal sex act and attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor. He pled guilty in May to reduced charges and was sentenced by Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone.
Soper resigned from the school board shortly after his arrest. The Citizen reports he read a prepared statement yesterday, apologizing for his actions and blaming a combination of medications and a failed marriage. Judge Leone didn’t buy his explanation, saying medication and marital problems “don’t make people attempt the abuse of a child.”