Thursday, June 17, 2004

Hey, everyone is checking the log rides in wilderness, oops wrong ride officer :(

Lincoln teacher is caught in sex sting

A Lincoln Public Schools teacher was among 13 men arrested or cited last week in an undercover police sting aimed at curbing sex acts in Wilderness Park.

Police cited Richard D. Carpenter, 47, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln's Norwood Park Elementary School, on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault.

The Seward man asked an undercover police officer to engage in a sex act and then fondled the male officer, police said.

Nancy Biggs, LPS associate superintendent for human resources, said she would investigate the allegations before making a recommendation on the district's action.

Carpenter is not teaching summer school or otherwise in the classroom, so he will not be suspended while she investigates, Biggs said.

Carpenter has worked for the district since 1990. He taught at Belmont Elementary and then at Dawes Middle School before moving to Norwood Park in 1997.

"He is very, very popular with students," Biggs said.

After investigating the charges, Biggs will recommend to the Lincoln Board of Education what Carpenter's job status with the district should be.

He could be terminated. In addition, a report will be given to the state Professional Practices Commission for investigation.

It is a violation of professional standards for a teacher to have a misdemeanor conviction involving sexual misconduct.

Doug Eicher, superintendent of Milford Public Schools, was arrested Friday as part of the same sting. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to one count of public indecency.

An investigation is ongoing within Milford's school district.

Eicher, of Milford, was hired as the district's superintendent in December 2001. Before that, he worked for seven years in the Lawrence, Kan., public school system, according to Journal Star archives.

Eicher, 50, does not have a criminal history in Nebraska or Kansas, according to background checks in each state.

If convicted, Eicher could receive up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. He was scheduled to appear in Lancaster County Court again July 7.
Thanks for the news JP.

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