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Retired District 308 Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Assault

Donald McDowell taught at Traughber and Thompson junior highs and was charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child.

A retired Thompson Junior High teacher was sentenced to eight years for a second-degree sexual assault of a child, according to Wisconsin court documents. 

Donald McDowell, 65, previously of the 500 block of Danbury Drive, received his sentencing on Jan. 7, 2013 at the Waukesha County Circuit Court in Wisconsin.

He previously pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2012 to the count of second-degree sexual assault, while three other charges were dismissed but read in. He had also been charged with one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and two counts of possession of child pornography.

According to Wisconsin court documents, McDowell will serve 3 years in initial confinement and five years in extended supervision. McDowell received a credit of 216 days from the court. He is not eligible for challenge incarceration and the substance abuse program.

The conditions of the extended supervision include the sexual offender treatment, which involves follow through for any treatment/counseling recommended by McDowell’s agent, to maintain full-time employment and/or school, a DNA sample to be provided and no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. Supervised contact is to be approved.

According to a 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 told police that he is a retired junior high school math teacher. Oswego School District officials confirmed that McDowell taught at Traughber Junior High 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.

Smokingdiesel January 09, 2013 at 06:43 PM
They should throw the key away on this POS!
Leslie Hatten Termine January 12, 2013 at 05:58 AM
What a pile of crap. And to think, he roamed the same halls as I did at the same time. He hasn't aged well, but that's what the sick, pervert gets. He'll get his own in the clink. Child molesters receive "special" attention.

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