Updated: 05/29/2014 3:31 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 3:12 PM KAALtv.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minneapolis middle school teacher is charged after authorities say he posted an online ad for a sexual encounter with a high school girl.
Prosecutors say 23-year-old Joel Fowler thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex when he was arrested. The charges say Fowler actually was meeting up with a St. Paul police sergeant posing as the girl.
Fowler, who lives in St. Louis Park, faces two felony counts, including soliciting a child through electronic communication.
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1hCEcBf ) reports Fowler was arrested Tuesday when he drove to Cherokee Park to meet up with the girl.
Fowler is a seventh grade social studies teacher for Olson Middle School. He earned his teaching license a year ago.
Minneapolis Public Schools say Fowler has been placed on administrative leave.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
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5/29/2014 1:35:18 PM (GMT -5:00)