Mpls. teacher sentenced to probation in solicitation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minneapolis middle school teacher was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to a charge of using a computer to solicit sex from someone he believed was under the age of 15.

Joel Fowler, 23, pleaded guilty on one charge of electronic solicitation of a child. The second count was dismissed.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith in May that Fowler was one of at least four men arrested as part of "operation broken heart."

A criminal complaint says Fowler placed an ad on Craigslist looking to make contact with females who were interested in sexual encounter.

The judge ordered Fowler to get sex offender treatment. He is not to have contact with any underage girls, he must abstain from alcohol and drugs and he must register as a predatory offender from a minimum of 10 years. He will also have his Internet-capable devices subject to probation officers.


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