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09/07/2017

A FAIRMONT POLICE OFFICER IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AFTER FACING TWO MISDEMEANOR CHARGES OF ASSAULT AFTER ALLEGEDLY SLAPPING A 7 YEAR OLD BOY BY WHILE OFF DUTY LAST WEEK.

ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT 35 YEAR-OLD CRAIG FOWLER ALLEGEDLY STRUCK THE CHILD AFTER HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE ARGUING OVER RIDING A RAZOR SCOOTER AND THE BOY WAS POUTING AND STOMPING AROUND WHEN STRUCK BY FOWLER, WHO ALONG WITH CHILD ARE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS ACCORDING TO MINNESOTA STATE STATUTE. THE CHILD SUSTAINED A RED MARK TO HIS FACE AND WHAT SOON WOULD BECOME A BLACK EYE. FOWLER ADMITTED STRIKING THE BOY AND DID APOLOGIZE TO THE BOY FOR HITTING HIM.

CRAIG FOWLER IS FACING CHARGES OF MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND FIFTH DEGREE ASSAULT, FEAR OF BODILY HARM. BOTH CHARGES CARRY MAX PENALTIES OF 90 DAYS IN JAIL / 1,000 DOLLAR FINES OR BOTH. THE INCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSISTED BY THE FARIBAULT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND IS BEING PROSECUTED BY THE FARIBAULT COUNTY DISTRICT COURT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT FROM THE FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER FOWLER, WHO HAS BEEN ON THE POLICE FORCE FOR 13 YEARS IS ON LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT ONCE THE CRIMINAL CASE IS RESOLVED.


ROD HALVORSEN
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