Suspect Arrested For Improper Relation With a Student, Other Victims Sought

September 20, 2007 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested for having improper relations with a student during the end of the 2006 school year.

Donald Carpenter (b/m, DOB: 6-11-62) is charged with improper relations with a student in the 263rd State District Court. His photo is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officer M. Ybanez reported:
Mr. Carpenter, a teacher at North Forest Independent School District's Smiley High School, worked in the Special Education Department and is accused of having improper sexual contact with a student assigned to his class. After a lengthy investigation, which
included interviews with all parties involved, the case was presented to the Child Abuse section of the Harris County District Attorney's office and charges were accepted.

A warrant for his arrest was issued and Carpenter was arrested on Tuesday (September 18) while teaching at the high school.

Anyone who may have been victimized by Carpenter is urged to contact the HPD Sex Crime Unit at (713) 308-1180.

JGA/GO 9-20-07

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.