December 10, 2019
Trish Choate
Times Record News

From the outside, the Carlile home might have appeared loving with Friday movie nights, foster children and friends who preferred it over their own, but behind closed doors, it was a different story, according to testimony from the children of Jason Wayne Carlile, 48, on Tuesday in 78th District Court.

Sexual abuse intruded, and twisted manipulation drove one child to set fire to their Wichita Falls home at her father’s behest, according to testimony from his kids.

Jason Wayne Carlile’s daughter told a jury of seven men and five women that her father repeatedly raped her when she was a child, giving her candy or Popsicles and saying he loved her when she told him that it hurt.

She testified that she is plagued by nightmares and plans never to have children.

“I wouldn’t want my gene pool to continue on to another generation, and I also would never trust anybody to be alone with my children,” his daughter, a general manager for a legal marijuana dispensary in Oregon, told jurors.

Daughter details alleged abuse

Carlile is on trial for nine counts of child sex crimes in connection with two victims, one younger than 14 and the other younger than 17. He has pleaded not guilty.

His daughter, now in her 20s, testified that Carlile raped her on her parents’ waterbed between the time she was in preschool and third grade.

He also forced her to give him oral sex in the bathroom, she testified.

Her brother, Jamie Carlile, told the jury he pushed open the bathroom door one day to see his sister with her head between his father’s legs and her hands on his knees.

Jason Carlile’s sexual organ was out of his boxer shorts, Jamie Carlile, a 29-year-old Army combat veteran, testified Tuesday.

Son testifies about a tough childhood

Both he and his sister testified about the preferential treatment she received from their father.

“She got whatever she wanted. She was spoiled. She got the front seat. She didn’t have to do any hard work,” testified Jamie Carlile, a disabled veteran who suffered traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, their father verbally and sometimes physically abused him, Jamie Carlile testified.

His father called hi gay because, growing up, he had a fascination for the Backstreet Boys, and American boy band, created dance routines and entered contests, he told jurors.

While testifying, Jamie Carlile frequently made eye contact with jurors who were listening attentively.

“He even called me gay for watching porn when he caught me doing that,” Jamie Carlile testified.

Jamie Carlile told jurors that he was 15 when his parents chose to divorce, and, from a car backing out of the driveway, he got a last glimpse of his father on the porch with a friend of his sister’s.

Son: New inappropriate relationship

Before Jamie Carlile left, he observed his father’s changing relationship with his sister’s best friend, who was about 15 at the time, Jamie Carlile testified.

They acted “as if they were dating” and demonstrated an inappropriate closeness that went beyond what he had seen between his father and sister, he testifies.

Jason Carlile and the 15-year-old girl would hold hands in front of others and disappear behind a locked door into a bedroom for hours, Jamie Carlile testified.

His sister had testified earlier that the 15-year-old was really her only friend because she was cut off from having much interaction with other people. The girl lived with the Carliles off and on when she was having trouble with her family at home.

“Will you do anything for me?”

Jennifer, their mother, was often not around because she was running businesses such as an antique store downtown and a Baby Beanies store, according to testimony Tuesday.

Jason Carlile was a stay-at-home dad who also went to trade shows and looked for items for their mother to sell, according to testimony.

His daughter testified that she wasn’t close to her mom, adding that Jason Carlile told her Jennifer never wanted her in the first place and didn’t love her.

When his daughter was 14 or 15, she had been watching TV crime shows with her father for a couple of months, she told the jury.

She testified that one day, he asked her, “Do you love me” Will you do anything for me?”

He told her that he had a plan to get money to redo the house or run away with her, she testified. His plan was for her to burn down the house.

She told the jury that Jason Carlile later told her, “Do it or else.”

An act of arson

His daughter loved him but also feared him, she testified. So on May 5, 2005, she set fire to their home.

“I lit a match on a pile of towels,” she told jurors.

A trail of towels led down the hallway, put there so the house would burn, she testified.

As the smoke built her and her brother were outside doing yard work as a surprise for their parents’ 16th wedding anniversary, according to her testimony.

Scott Hodges of Farmers Insurance Group later testified that the insurance paid $187,393.72 to Jason Carlile’s wife, and part of the payout went to lien holder.
The daughter told jurors that her father praised her, telling her she had done well and he was proud of her.

But he said that she must never speak of the fire again because it was a crime, and she might get in trouble, she told jurors.

A humiliation suffered

After the fire, they were living in the French Quarter Apartments when her father became enraged at her, she testified.

“He made me strip down naked and crawl around the floor,” she told jurors. “He was yelling at me.”

She testified that she felt like trash and doesn’t know why he was mad at her.

Besides Jason Carlile’s son and daughter, his sister also testified against him Tuesday.

She told the jury he repeatedly sexually abused her while they were growing up, her voice often breaking as tears came.

Joann Ames, Jason Carlile’s mother, was not present in court during her daughter and her grandchildren’s testimony Tuesday.

The defense’s strategy

A jury was selected Tuesday morning. A stay issued Wednesday and then lifted Friday by a Fort Worth appeals court resulted in a delay of a day or so for testimony.

Defense attorneys unsuccessfully took their request to an appeals court for a continuance to have more time to examine documents and to disqualify Wichita County Chief Felony Prosecutor Dobie Kosub from prosecuting the trial.

As a result of the stay being lifted, Jason Carlile’s defense is employing a strategy of trying not to provide an effective defense for him in hopes of later winning on appeal.

Defense attorney Heather Barbieri of Plano did not ask witnesses questions or raise objections on Tuesday, basically providing no defense.

Past convictions and a jackpot

Jason Carlile is out of Wichita County Jail on a $500,000 bail but is virtually under house arrest at his mother’s new Wichita Falls home.

She and her now ex-husband, Floyd Ames, won a lottery jackpot on Halloween 2018, taking home about $10 million in winnings. She has bankrolled her son’s bail and his $600,000 defense.

Jason Carlile has previous felony convictions for indecency with a child by exposure on June 18,1994, in Wichita Falls and for buying a 15-year-old girl from her mother for $3,000 on Aug. 12, 2006, in Archer County, according to court documents.

He and his now ex-wife, Jennifer, took 17 children into their state-licensed foster home from January 2001 to April 2005, according to information the Times Record News obtained from the agency through an open records request.

Jason Carlile must register as a sex offender until the projected date of April 29, 2020, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry.

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