A Carroll County judge declined yesterday to immediately reduce the jail sentence of Kimberly Merson, a former substitute teacher convicted of having sexual contact with boys at Francis Scott Key High School, but said he would reconsider it later.
In a hearing Jan. 29, Merson, 25, of Union Bridge sought a reduction of her 18-month sentence on work release at Carroll County Detention Center. She has been allowed to go to her job as a receptionist and sales agent, to church and to see her psychiatrist.
Merson was accused of engaging in sexual activities with nine teen-age boys, including having sexual relations with some of them, during the 2000-2001 school year. She pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to four counts of child sexual abuse by a custodian, one third-degree sexual offense and six counts of contributing to certain conditions of a child by providing alcohol.