Retired Oswego Teacher Charged With Arranging for Sex With Teen

Donald McDowell, who taught at Traughber and Thompson junior highs, was charged in Wisconsin on Tuesday with attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, and with child pornography possession.

A retired teacher is facing charges after he was caught in Wisconsin attempting to meet up with a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Donald P. McDowell, 65, of the 500 block of Danbury Drive in Oswego, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court in Wisconsin on Thursday with one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 65 years in prison and $200,000 in fines.

McDowell told police that he is a retired junior high school math teacher. Oswego School District officials confirmed that McDowell taught at from 1970 to 1977, and transferred to Thompson when it was built in 1977.  He worked there until the 2002-2003 school year, and also coached basketball and volleyball. He went by D. Paul McDowell, officials said.

According to the criminal complaint, a Waukesha Police Department detective was working undercover as a 14-year-old girl in an Internet chat room on June 1 when he made contact with McDowell. McDowell asked for pictures of the girl, which the detective sent him. McDowell then sent pictures back, police said.

The two talked again on June 3 and 4 and eventually agreed to meet at a Waukesha hotel to have sex and film it. McDowell asked if the girl was a police officer, but the detective assured him he wasn’t. 

McDowell made reservations at the hotel, and showed up Tuesday, police said. He checked in and then left, but was pulled over shortly afterward by police. Inside his car were found condoms, Viagra pills, sexual paraphernalia, and a laptop computer which contained images of child pornography, police said.

McDowell told police he was supposed to meet with a man named Tim, and had arranged to have sex with his daughter. He said he thought about cancelling the rendezvous on the ride, and didn’t plan to have sex with the girl, but continued to Waukesha so he could see what kind of man Tim was, according to police.

McDowell is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

District 308 officials said they received no complaints or reports of this nature pertaining to McDowell while he worked for the district.

KEVIN BROWN June 08, 2012 at 05:57 PM
these storys of Present and old Teachers that work for dist 308 is getting scarry what is going on with the adminastrators from previous and present that are supposed to keep our children safe from animals like this are the students in 308 safe from present and future Teachers continuing this becoming a habbit that 308 teachers being arrested with having inapropriate messures with children.
mike carris June 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thompson has not been open 33 years!!!!! i was in second class through thast building, don't remember him as teacher there.
John Doe June 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Kevin, I just graduated from District 308 less than a month ago, and I can honestly say: it is a TERRIBLE district. Personally, I'm not surprised that some of the teachers act the way they do. The administration is so greedy and self-righteous that the teachers, and students, suffer. Obviously nothing excuses this man of his actions, but the district doesn't really care for who resides in it.
Richard R June 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Kevin this is not just from his past school district, this kind of behavior is in every walk of life. You just need to have your children beware of the signs that someone may do this kind of thing, as well as yourself.
Andre Salles June 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Mike, just got confirmation that McDowell taught at Traughber Junior High from 1970 to 1977, and Thompson after that. I am correcting the story. Thanks!
Trisha Kramer Lustig June 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
These types of people lurk everywhere. Oswego is not any more special or different than any other town, school district or area in the rest of the country. Crime and criminals exist everywhere. I agree with Richard that the best is for parents to teach children and themselves and be prepared and aware. John Doe...consider your disappointment with the district a good life lesson. You'll see similar things in the "real world"...it's unfortunate, but now you already know.
Dianne Morrissette June 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Creep!!!!! I had him for 6th grade math at East View Elementary. I remember one time he got so mad at "John S", he took him out in the hall and slammed him up against the locker, Mr. Massey came to John's rescue just before McDowell was ready to punch him!
MidwestGal June 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
As Trisha said, these "people" (scum is more like it) do lurk everywhere. Parents, teach your kids, talk monthly to remind, and have YOUR guards up too....don't be stupid people- I have to live by a scummmer, as most subdivisions have one, and I am still amazed at how many people think "it's all a misunderstanding" or "he's innocent", or "the nicest man you'll ever meet". They are everywhere. Don't let them over shadow the truly gifted, kind teachers out there either...most are amazing people.
William Lorman June 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
dude thomson has been open and i was there in 93 and a student of his.. he taught math adn had a slight limp and a mole on his face. wasnt the nicesest guy in the world.. but at that time either was i. But he did have a very good teaching ethic.. not that im backing him up.. he a pedophile..... but yes thompson is open my man......
Andre Salles June 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
William, Mike wasn't suggesting that Thompson isn't open now. The initial story said that McDowell had worked there since 1970, which is impossible since it was built in 1977. I corrected it. Thanks!
JPauly June 08, 2012 at 10:27 PM
John D. It takes a village to raise a child. Sounds like you were shorted some villagers. I have a jr. high and grade school child in 308 and I must say, top notch for the resources they have.
Steven Jack (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Folks, this is not a forum to accuse people of crimes who have not been charged with crimes. Please refrain from doing so. Thanks.
MidwestGal June 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I do not think if they found child porn on his computer he is innocent. They also caught him red handed with an undercover sting. Complaints fall on deaf ears all the time STILL...I know someone who was transfered from one high school to another with a different position, just to avoid more complaints. It's the "don't accuse" attitde, that makes more victims. We know this is not a forum to accuse people, it's a forum to make people open their eyes, and PROTECT THE KIDS! OJ and Casey Anthony were found innocent, but are they really? It's time for a reality check.
Kelly P June 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Something needs to be done to protect our children! Teachers need to be evaluated more and also paid more! Teachers are barely making it financially in a lot of cases but yet they see our children more than we do! Things like this can not be taken lightly! Imagine If that was your 14 year old Daughter, niece, cousin ect!! It makes me sick!!
K. Williams June 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I was a student of his. He did have a good teaching ethic, as I am not sticking up for him also. He also was the girls volleyball coach, so that makes me think back.
Grammy June 09, 2012 at 09:12 AM
If you read the papers--it's not just Dist. 308 this is happening in--it's EVERYWHERE!!! 308 is a good school dist.
Grammy June 09, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Kevin I'm sorry you had such a terrible liife-but my family is 3rd generation 308. Dist 308 has produced a Pediatric Dental Asst., Police Officer, an Elem. teacher and Nail Tech--all requirering further education--which they were prepared for by 308.. I'm excited to see what will come from this present generation. According to the papers--it's NOT just happening here---unfortunately it's happening every where. Don't bash 308--on the whole 308 has excellent, caring teachers.
Stacy Shepherd-Davies June 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
He was my math teacher and he used to tutor me after school' I've always felt uncomfortable around him when we're alone! I was also his assistant coach for volleyball and I do remeber he seemed to like pretty young girls!
kim June 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Kevin Brown who else is there from 308?
Oswego Gladys June 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Dale Fry, Oswego high school, a couple of years ago.
Oswego Gladys June 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Thanks Steve as always you are the voice of reason. This a very scary subject close to many of us, but this not the place for public hangings.
Maria June 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
yes people like this do come from all over. Take the guy from dist. 129 Steve Orland he just received 12 years. I went to school with him and I was like that really didn't surprise me. People for some reason display behavior that's inappropriate with children and towards children. There was a teacher from Oswego high school about 2 years ago. I think he was a English teacher there. But as far as just 308 no. Their also was one from that new school Metea Valley on Eola Rd. So their unfortunately are around.
Lynne Spence June 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
This guy also taught 6th grade math at East View in 1972. He was my math teacher there. This story makes me so sad, because he was such a great teacher and was a huge influence in my life. I have occasionally wondered whatever happened to him. I never in a million years would have thought it would be this.
Lynne Spence June 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Dianne, I had him in 6th grade, too. I don't remember that side of him at all. I am absolutely NOT defending his actions but he was a positive influence on me at the time.
Hal June 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM
John doe is right. I'm in my third year of college because of how unrepaired I was from oehs I am behind almost a year having to retake highschool level courses. the teachers rock but criteria is too flexable. I am a secondary education student n I want to make a change
Lori June 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
He was my neighbor and my little sister hung out with his daughter ewwww. I dislike knowing I was so close to someone as awful as him.
Kelly June 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
He was my 8th grade basketball coach... he didnt really know how to coach so makes me think now.. gosh that is so creepy
Jane Doe June 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I lived around the block from him as well when he was a teacher. I had him as my math teacher, volleyball coach, and basketball coach. Was he awkward, yeah a little bit, but I was shocked to get a phone call about this. I can't believe it, I do not feel he was this way with me at all BUT we all get caught for our flaws and issues at some time rather they are small or big. What he did was wrong, and as always people need to be held accountable for their actions.
Kevin.Brown June 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Try studying harder next time instead of blaming the Gov't. It's not their job to take care of you. Your SAT scores should have been a good indicator of your OHS performance.


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