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Teacher accused of improper relationship smiled because she is innocent, lawyer says

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Teacher Accused Of Having Improper Relationship With Student

Why did a Texas teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student smile in her mugshot? Her lawyer has offered an explanation.

According to Dallas-Fort Worth's KXAS, Jason Nassour, attorney for Lockhart High School anatomy teacher Sarah Fowlkes, said she was grinning because she's innocent.

>> On Statesman.com: Lockhart High teacher accused of improper relationship with student

"This isn't a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught," Nassour told KXAS. "When everything's fleshed out, it won't be as it appears."

Sarah Fowlkes (Credit: Caldwell County Jail, Lockhart Police Department)(Caldwell County Jail, Lockhart Police Department)

Lockhart police began investigating the incident March 10 after a school administrator reported that "an educator at the school may be having an inappropriate relationship with a currently enrolled student," according to the arrest affidavit. A 17-year-old student claimed that Fowlkes, 27, touched his genitals and that he "made contact with the defendant's breasts," the affidavit said.

>> See the affidavit here

Fowlkes was arrested on a charge of "improper relationship between educator and student," police said. The school district also suspended Fowlkes, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

"Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly," Lockhart Superintendent Susan Bohn said in a statement, the American-Statesman reported. "The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child."

Bohn also alerted parents about the arrest and suspension in an email, the American-Statesman reported.

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Nassour told KXAS that Fowlkes "was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence."

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According to the American-Statesman, Fowlkes, who taught anatomy and physiology and environmental systems at Lockhart High, previously taught science and social studies at Plum Creek Elementary School. The Houston Chronicle, citing Fowlkes' social media accounts, reported that she has been married since 2013.

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Sheriff confirms Clark County Jail inmate death

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.
A group of cells at the Clark County Jail.

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett Friday night confirmed a jail inmate was found hanging in his cell.

The man was found around 6 p.m.

The sheriff said the Clark County coroner was able to make contact with the man’s family.

His name was not released.

The incident is under investigation.

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Woman killed, 2 infants and a man critically hurt after SUV hits buggy in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

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UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

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The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.

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Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Ajilon Harmon sued DPS in civil court.

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990.

Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director Jamie Bullens, and the former student who years later accused Harmon of abuse.

MAY 2017: School board votes to fire Harmon over abuse claim

Harmon argues the man’s allegations were false and that DPS officials should have known that. This news organization is not naming the accuser, based on its policy for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harmon’s claims in the lawsuit include racial discrimination, breach of contract and defamation. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and he has requested a jury trial.

Current DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this week she could not comment on the lawsuit. Bullens also declined comment, while Corr and Harmon’s accuser could not immediately be reached.

MARCH 2017: Harmon on leave over allegation of decades-old abuse

The former student, now in his 40s, first told DPS officials and Dayton police in 2007 that Harmon had supplied him alcohol, photographed him nude, then sexually assaulted him at his home in 1990. No action was taken at the time by police or school officials. Harmon’s lawsuit claims both groups said the allegations weren’t credible.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Ajilon Harmon on May 24, 2017.(Staff Writer)

In January 2016, the accuser allegedly assaulted Harmon when he saw him at a DPS sporting event. Questioned about that incident, the man repeated his allegations of years-old abuse by Harmon. Shortly after that, DPS placed Harmon on administrative leave from his job as a paraprofessional at Longfellow School.

DPS’ internal investigation, run by Bullens, found that the former student was “credible and truthful” about the abuse claim.

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Harmon’s lawsuit accuses Bullens of “intentionally conducting a fraudulent, sham investigation” and compiling a report containing “false and scandalous allegations” against Harmon.

The lawsuit says DPS never contacted Harmon to get his account of the case during the 13 months that he was on administrative leave. It also says that his accuser defamed him at Harmon’s April 2017 hearing before DPS officials, saying the accuser knew the allegations he made that day (and previously) were false.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Harmon on May 24, 2017. In his lawsuit, Harmon claims DPS was guilty of pervasive harassment and discrimination against him based on his race, saying DPS treated “similarly situated non-minority employees more favorably” than they treated him.

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Miamisburg porch package snatcher indicted on drug charges

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

William L. Alcorn
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
William L. Alcorn(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 31-year-old Miamisburg man who admitted to stealing packages from a porch late last year was indicted today on felony drug charges.

William L. Alcorn is charged with possession of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamine, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released today.

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The charges stem from Alcorn’s Dec. 19 arrest after he was caught stealing packages from porches on Lawrence Avenue in Miamisburg.

He also was charged with misdemeanor theft in that incident. He pleaded guilty in Miamisburg Municipal Court and was sentenced Jan. 4 to 180 days in jail with 163 days suspended plus credit for 17 days. He also was ordered to complete substance abuse treatment and serve two years of reporting probation, online court records show.

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He was ordered to appear for arraignment May 1 on the drug charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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