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Hernando school transportation director arrested on charge of using ex-wife's name for loan

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando school district's new transportation director has been arrested and charged with using another person's identification without permission, records show.

Douglas Allen Compton, 43, of Spring Hill was booked into the Hernando Detention Center about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and released later that afternoon after posting $2,000 bail.

An arrest report was not immediately available from the Hernando Sheriff's Office on Thursday. But according to sheriff's spokesman Lt. Michael Burzumato, Compton is accused of taking out a student loan in his former wife's name without her knowledge.

Compton immediately reported his arrest to school district officials, as required, superintendent Bryan Blavatt said Thursday. The fraud charge is a felony, but there is no immediate reason to suspend Compton because of the nature of the accusations and the fact that he does not have direct contact with students, Blavatt said.

"We're waiting to see what happens," he said.

Compton turned himself in to authorities after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Reached by the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday, he acknowledged the charge had to do with student loan documents.

"I've had conversations with my staff and said, 'Here's what's happening,' " he said.

He declined further comment.

Formerly employed in the Pinellas school district's transportation department, Compton joined the Hernando district in May, taking the place of Linda Smith, who retired.

Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or tmarrero@tampabay.com.

Hernando school transportation director arrested on charge of using ex-wife's name for loan 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 6:56pm]
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