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More details in case of Helena teacher accused of rape

Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 23:29:00-04

HELENA – Rene Carter, the former teacher facing charges for allegedly having sex with one of her students while employed at Capital High School years ago, may have had sex with the student over two dozen times, court documents say.

According to newly released police reports and court documents, in an interview with authorities the unnamed teenage student said he and Carter had sex “approximately 25” times.

Carter was charged in February for sexual intercourse without consent, but many details of the case remained effectively sealed until the Helena Independent Record filed suit to have the Helena Police Department release their investigative file. The court sided with the newspaper and released the documents this week.

The investigation began in 2015 after school surveillance cameras captured Carter and the student allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact. Upon examining the video, investigators did not find inappropriate contact in the video.

The student originally denied an intimate relationship with Carter, but later said the two had sex about 25 times. The student described Carter as a mentor and that Carter “took an interest” in him when he arrived at Capital High School back in 2014.

Although the student said he was 17 when the two began a sexual relationship, investigators determined he was unable to give legal sexual consent for other reasons.

Carter pleaded not guilty to the charge in February.

The case is scheduled to go to trial December 10.