Updated: 07/02/2014 1:47 PM
Created: 07/02/2014 1:00 PM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
A former social studies teacher at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a minor and will be sentenced Aug. 22.
According to police, 23-year-old Joel Fowler of St. Louis Park was arrested around 1:30 p.m Tuesday, May 17, by St. Paul police.
The arrest happened after Fowler allegedly posted a Craigslist ad indicating that he was looking for someone younger than himself. An undercover sergeant responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old girl, and Fowler agreed to meet up in a St. Paul park to have sex, according to the criminal complaint.
Fowler has pleaded guilty to one count of “Engaging in Electronic Communication Relating or Describing Sexual Conduct with Child.”
Fowler’s case is part of an initiative with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force called Operation Broken Heart. The task force is working with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to investigate and prosecute criminals who exploit children on the Internet.