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Mpls. Middle School Teacher Accused of Soliciting Sex from a Minor

Updated: 05/29/2014 7:28 AM
Created: 05/28/2014 6:01 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A social studies teacher at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis was arrested by St. Paul Police on Tuesday.

According to the Ramsey County Jail roster, 23-year-old Joel Fowler of St. Louis Park was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and is accused of soliciting sex from a minor.

The Minneapolis School District confirms Fowler has been placed on administrative leave.

According to the district, police said the arrest is not linked to any students and did not take place on school property. School officials said they are working to communicate with families.

Fowler was arrested near Chippewa Avenue and West Wyoming Street in St. Paul, which is near Cherokee Heights Park.

St. Paul Police said the arrest was "one of our several efforts in order to address crimes of this nature." It happened after Fowler had some form of online contact with a St. Paul Police officer, which they believe Fowler thought was a minor, police said.

School officials said they are working to communicate with families.

Official charges have not been filed yet.

Joel Fowler, 23, of St. Louis Park was arrested around 1:30 and is accused of soliciting sex from a minor.
Photo: Rasmey County Sheriff's Office

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