Middle school teacher Joel Fowler apparently posted nude pics of himself on Craigslist

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"He was down there visiting his niece," our source says. "She's a high school senior. She didn't graduate in May, but I'm worried he might have been referring to her. She's gorgeous." (She also told us Fowler was adopted.)

Our source says she and Fowler haven't been on speaking terms for some time. She says Fowler graduated last year with a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota following a stint in military school, where he was sent at the age of 15 because of behavioral issues at home. (He went to Stillwater High School previously.)

"He has a superiority complex where the world doesn't just revolve around him, he is the world, and it's a level of cockiness that I can't deal with," she says. "He's just better than everybody."

A Ramsey County Jail official tells us Fowler is still in custody as of this morning. His bail is set at $10,000 unconditionally, or $1,000 if he can specify an address where he'll be staying until his next court hearing on June 12.

But our source says none of Fowler's family members are willing to take him in or support him financially, and Fowler probably doesn't have the means to put up the money for his release on his own.

"Nobody is bailing him out and he has no money," she says. "The car [he drove to Cherokee Park in St. Paul, where he was arrested] wasn't in his name, and the house that he and his fiance bought is in her name. He has nothing."

Our source says Fowler's family became somewhat suspicious when Olson Middle School administrators didn't renew his teaching contract for next year, but they never imagined anything like this.

"He did the one year at the Minneapolis school, but they didn't renew his contract for next year already," she says. "Before this even came up [the family was] trying to figure out what happened at the school. His in-laws talked to some people and he had a job next year at [a school in] Wayzata, but I'm sure he doesn't anymore."

Asked why she contacted us to begin with, our source says, "It might seem like the meanest thing in the world, but he's never had to answer for his behavior. He's always the victim."

"I just want him to know he messed up big," she continues. "He went for a kid."

To see the posts Fowler appears to have posted on Craigslist for yourself, click to page three.


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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I have a daughter in a Minneapolis Middle School.  This guy is a sick fellow who shouldn't be anywhere around kids.  And because I'm not a sick and violent person, I hope he is not raped in prison.  I think the prevalence of prison rape is yet another sign of the decline of our civilization and it's a bad bad thing, even if it happens to someone who appalls and disgusts me.

Molly Sullivan
Molly Sullivan

Of course no one would be joking about his behavior if he was trying to assault your girl. He's a sicko!

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Isn't he right inline with the Union/DFL agenda for Minnesota's public schools?

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

I wouldn't want anyone wishing rape on another human, anywhere near my children.

Jon Rusterholz
Jon Rusterholz

I work in the publics schools and I'll say that he is a sick piece of shit, hopefully he gets raped repeatedly in jail.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Like this gem right here. Everbody! Paul's leaving! What are we going to do now? Wander around with no real direction I guess.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

couple nudies on craigers? cmon

KennyX
KennyX

Looks like he works out.

Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill

Hot photo though. Jus sayin'. He'll go down well in prison.

Elizabeth Golden
Elizabeth Golden

He responded to a cop pretending to be 14 and he went to meet her with intent to have sex with her and her friends. And he's a middle school teacher.

Charlene Jaszewski
Charlene Jaszewski

Aside from cheating on his fiancée what's the problem? Thousands of men post pics and ads like this every day. Gross but not illegal.

Anthony Peters
Anthony Peters

i dont get what he did wrong, there is no crime to post on casual encounters....

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

I wouldn't want him teaching my child or nieces after reading "Looking for a soon-to-be or recent high school graduate who wants to play with a just out of college guy." or this "I was there for a High School Graduation. Damn did it make me horny," It would be one thing if he was only looking for women in his craigslist ad (what he does on his own time is his business) but he specifically said "soon-to-be or recent high school graduate" Who knows what this guy has done while he was teaching girls in his classroom -- all we know is that the school didn't renew his contract.

Pamela Curlee
Pamela Curlee

Obviously this man has a history of behavioural issues and needs help. I feel bad for his fiancee (or probably EX fiancee now), and family. Just happy that he didn't violate a minor!

Ryan Anthony
Ryan Anthony

Not unless it was someone in his district... Again from a conjecture perspective.

Kelly Hanson
Kelly Hanson

He solicited an officer posing as a 14 year old and then drove to meet this 14 year old at the park where he was arrested.

Ryan Anthony
Ryan Anthony

Not saying right or wrong... But from a legal stance 18 is legal regardless of high school or not. I guess I'm confused why this is an issue? Most of our parents average a 5 year age difference...

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones

What a waste of a masters degree. He will never teach again.

Sean Conroy
Sean Conroy

If I had a dollar for every nude pic I'd posted in casual encounters I'd be a fuckin millionaire

Shelly Brown
Shelly Brown

Made me miss high school girls and how much fun they can be??? LMAO as if

SidVicious
SidVicious

Yes. Because all union DFL teachers want to have sex with minors. Is that what you're saying?


You may be one of the dumbest people in existence.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

A five year age difference between 30 and 35 or 20 and 25 is not the same as 14 and 19.  Or 18.  Or 20.  Or anything, really.  

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Obviously this sick fellow has never raised an adolescent girl.  "As If" indeed.

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