John Fowler pleaded guilty to engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child in Ramsey County, Minnesota. This is more commonly described as an internet sex chat. He also did what is commonly called soliciting sex with a minor through the internet or “indecent internet communications with a minor.” He pled guilty in June 2014. The charge of internet sex chat with a minor is a felony in Minnesota. Fowler is only 23 and was married at the time of the incident. He was also a seventh grade schoolteacher. He admitted to talking about sex or internet sex chat with a person he thought was an underage girl. He was sentenced to 15 months of prison, but that time was stayed or suspended for three years. A stayed sentence means that Fowler will not actually serve the 15 months in prison unless he violates the terms of his probation. If he at any time violates probation, Fowler would then have 15 months of prison time to serve.
Fowler has already been in custody for 87 days and will now be released. He will not be allowed to have any contact with underage girls. He will also have his internet use monitored. Moreover, he is ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, register as a predatory offender, and supply a DNA sample.
The trouble for him all started when Fowler posted a personal advertisement and stated his name was Blake. The ad said that he was looking for “a soon-to-be or recent high school graduate who wants to play with a just out of college guy.” The ad also read, “I was just at a HS graduation and watching the girls really made me miss high school and the fun those girls are!” The police pretended to be a 14-year old girl and exchanged messages with Fowler. These messages constituted Internet Sex Chatting with a Minor (or someone he believed to be a minor). He called in sick to work on May 27 when he intended to have sex with the made up 14-year-old girl, who was actually the undercover police officer.
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