ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...
giovedì 3 agosto 2017
Paedo tutor sexually abused minor student in school bathroom
FAIRBANKS — A former Hutchison High School tutor convicted in March of having sex with a teenage student in 2014 was sentenced Wednesday to 100 years in prison.
Fowlkes was employed at the high school as a teen parenting correspondence instructor/tutor, a job that involved tutoring teen parents through the district’s OPTIONS program. The victim, who was not enrolled in the program, testified he had formed a friendship with Fowlkes and frequently ate lunch in his office.
Fowlkes was charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor after the boy told investigators Fowlkes abused him five separate times in a school bathroom. A Fairbanks jury found him guilty of all seven counts with two aggravating factors, which can increase the presumptive sentencing range.
Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald said Wednesday that a significant sentence was justified because the case was not an isolated incident and the number of cases suggested there is “most likely more victims out there.”
MacDonald sentenced Fowlkes to 45 years with five suspended for the first count. Fowlkes was sentenced to 20 years each for counts two through seven, with 10 of each to run consecutively with the others, which equals 100 years.
This is the second such conviction for Fowlkes, who is serving a 35-year prison term for sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2010. Fowlkes, who was working at Tanana Middle School at the time, told the boy he would give him $100 to help him move but instead forced the boy to have sex with him once they got to his apartment. The boy was not enrolled at the middle school at the time.
The school district in 2014 agreed to a $920,000 settlement with the family of the Hutchison student. The borough’s insurance would cover $670,000 of the cost, leaving $250,000 for the district to pay.
The handling of the incidents led to the firing of school district Superintendent Pete Lewis, who later prevailed over the district in arbitration about his dismissal. An arbitrator ordered the school district to pay Lewis $88,205 in damages.