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Teacher admits to stealing students' info, keeps job

May 4, 2007

Albany - A Dougherty County school teacher who admitted claiming two of his students on his tax returns wasn't even suspended from his job. Charles Stamper got only a reprimand from the Superintendent. His punishment? He'll have to teach four weeks of summer school without pay.

A Dougherty County school teacher received little more than a slap on the wrist for claiming two of his students on his income tax returns. Charles Stamper, a PE teacher at Turner Elementary, will have to teach four weeks of summer school without pay.

His principal blew the whistle on him in a memo that's in his personnel file. She detailed how Stamper and a student's parent agreed that he could claim the student on his income tax returns and split the money with the parent. The parent, apparently tired of waiting on the money, showed up at the principal's office asking for it so she could pay her light bill and get power turned back on.

In a letter to the Professional Standards Commission, Superintendent Sally Whatley wrote that Stamper admitted falsifying his income tax forms for the past two years, with two separate students. But Whatley asked for leniency, saying Stamper has a good record.

Stamper's file also shows he got a letter from Whatley telling him his actions were illegal and reprehensible. Whatley also informed Stamper that he would not be fired or suspended, but must seek professional help and work summer school for four weeks without pay.

Dr. Sally Whatley also told Stamper he'd be fired if he did it again. Stamper has been turned over to the IRS.

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