Ex-colonel gets prison for stand-in paternity test

Associated Press - December 31, 2008 11:23 AM ET

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a retired Army colonel to a prison term for arranging for a classmate at the Army War College to take a paternity test in his place.

Cumberland County President Judge Edgar Bayley sentenced Scott Carlson on Tuesday to a term of 4 to 23 months in county prison.

The 53-year-old former officer was convicted of having arranged to have a fellow colonel at the war college in Carlisle, Pa., submit a DNA sample and thumbprint for the paternity test in 2006.

Prosecutors said he hatched the scheme to avoid paying child support for a 10-year-old girl he fathered through an extramarital affair with an enlisted woman.

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