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Former Helena teacher accused of sexual intercourse without consent

Posted: Feb 08, 2018 10:34 AM Updated:

Rene Elena Carter, a former Helena teacher, has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent involving a student several years ago.

Carter appeared in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court on Thursday.

Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley read Carter her rights and told her she's facing one count of felony sexual intercourse without consent.

Charging documents allege that between February 2015 and June 2015, Carter had repeated sexual intercourse with a minor male who, according to prosecutors, was legally incapable of giving consent.

Carter worked as a special education teacher with Helena schools starting in 1998. She resigned her post in July of 2015.

She's been released on her own recognizance, and is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on February 21st.


(JANUARY 18, 2018) Rene Carter, a former Capital High School special education teacher, is accused of the rape of an underage boy. According to a complaint filed in court Tuesday by the Helena Police Department, Carter is accused of sexual intercourse without consent.

In the document, police accuse her of repeatedly having sexual contact with a minor male who was not legally able to give consent, between early February 2015 and June 7, 2015.Carter

Helena Public Schools superintendent Jack Copps told MTN News the reported victim was a student during that time.

Copps was not serving as superintendent in 2015, but he said administrators did hear rumors that Carter was involved with a student.

“I am aware that the school district did investigate on its own to see if there was any evidence to support that,” he said. “The district did not find any at that time and referred the matter to the police department, and they investigated with the same results.”

Copps said Carter started as a special education teacher with the Helena School District in 1998. He says her last job with the district was at Capital High School, and that she submitted a letter of resignation on July 14, 2015.

Copps said there was no indication that Carter’s resignation was connected to these reported incidents.

Carter was given notice this week that she must appear in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court on or before January 30.

Sexual intercourse without consent is a felony. If convicted, the charge carries a minimum sentence of two years in prison.

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