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School transportation director gets probation

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Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:11 PM
BROOKSVILLE -

Hernando County Schools Transportation Director Douglas Compton was sentenced to one year probation last Friday by Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. on a misdemeanor charge of attempting to use personal information.

Sonny McCathran of the State Attorney's Office said Compton, who initially was charged with a felony, was allowed to plead to a lesser charge by the prosecutor on the case, Matthew Pila.

McCathran said that because Compton had no prior convictions, his adjudication of guilt was withheld.

Hernando Today previously reported that Compton was arrested in July 2012 on the felony charge of use or possession of another's identification without consent. Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Mike Burzumato said at the time of Compton's arrest that the charge stemmed from taking out a student loan in his ex-wife's name and that Crawford was cooperative with law enforcement.

McCathran said Thursday that Compton's ex-wife was initially helpful with the investigation but had not contacted the office in the past three months.

"Defense counsel was unable to serve the victim for deposition and our investigator had no success in locating the victim," McCathran said.

McCathran said that his office also sent her a letter asking her to call Pila, who never heard from her.

Compton was not ordered to pay restitutions.

Schools Superintendant Bryan Blavatt said Thursday Compton will keep his job and the "situation is over with us."

Blavatt said he reviewed both state and school board guidelines and policies.

"In this case a misdemeanor violation is not classified in the district as one that requires further action," Blavatt said.

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