A retired Army colonel convicted of faking the results of a paternity test was sent to prison more than two years after he was convicted in a scheme to avoid paying child support for a girl he fathered during an extramarital affair with an enlisted soldier.
Scott Carlson, 55, of Swansea, Ill., was ordered Tuesday to begin serving his three- to 23-month prison sentence by a Pennsylvania judge after his latest appeal was denied by the state Supreme Court.
Carlson was convicted in 2008 on charges including conspiracy and attempted theft by deception for trying to cheat on a paternity test with the help of a classmate at the Army War College. His sentencing had been delayed as he appealed his conviction.
Carlson arranged for Col. Bruce Adkins to take the test for him in 2006 after the child's mother sought increased child support, authorities said. The scheme was discovered when a county worker recognized that one man had arranged the test and another took it.
Carlson has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and testified at his trial that Adkins, of Douglasville, Ga., took the test without his knowledge.
"Will all due respect ... it is my full hope and prayer that the truth will rise to the top in this case," Carlson told the court, according to The Sentinel newspaper of Carlisle.
Adkins said Carlson had helped him with his studies at the war college, which prepares senior military officers for leadership positions. Adkins said Carlson then pressed him to take the paternity test.
Adkins pleaded guilty to similar charges. Carlson retired after he was charged in 2007.
Information from: The Sentinel, http://www.cumberlink.com