Rene Carter, the former Helena school teacher accused of raping a minor unable to give consent, made her initial appearance in justice court Thursday.
Carter faces up to life in prison if convicted.
The charging document alleged Carter repeatedly had sexual intercourse with the boy between February and June of 2015. Helena School District Superintendent Jack Copps has confirmed the victim was a student.
Carter worked for the school district as a special education teacher starting in 1998 and resigned in July of 2015.
Carter was booked into the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center Thursday and released on her own recognizance. Judge Michael Swingley set parameters for her release, which include not leaving Montana, not having contact with the victim and not to “frequent places where children under 16 are,” according to court documents.
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected. Although charging documents describe the victim as a “minor who was legally incapable of giving his consent,” they do not specifically say whether the victim could not consent because of his age or as a result of other factors.