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Former Austin cheerleading coach accused of sexting teen girls

Former Austin cheerleading coach accused of sexting teen girls


SYDNEY:A WELL-KNOWN CHEERLEADING COACH IN AUSTIN AND AROUND THE COUNTRY IS IN JAIL.. AFTER POLICE IN THE U-K ARRESTED HIM FOR “SEXTING” YOUNG GIRLS.ROBERT:KXAN’S JACQULYN POWELL DUG INTO HIS EMPLOYMENT HISTORY HERE IN AUSTIN — TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF “WHEN” AND “WHERE” CHEERLEADERS HAVE TRAINED WITH HIM LOCALLY.27-YEAR-OLD CHASE FOWLER — WAS SENTENCED TO A YEAR BEHIND BARS IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE, ENGLAND THIS WEEK…AFTER POLICE SAY HE SENT AN “INDECENT PHOTO” OF HIMSELF TO A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL HE COACHED THERE.THEY ALSO SAY WHEN THEY SEARCHED HIS PHONE – THEY FOUND SEXUAL CONVERSATIONS AND PHOTOS BETWEEN FOWLER AND A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN AMERICA. FOWLER TRAVELS THE WORLD VOLUNTEERING AS A CHEERLEADING COACH…AND POLICE SAY IN THEIR INTERVIEW — HE REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS A “CHEER-LEBRITY.”BUT WE FOUND THAT HE HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN AUSTIN…FOR TWO DIFFERENT CHEERLEADING GYMS…CHEER ATHLETICS ON NORTH LAMAR….AND TUMBLEPRO ON ANDERSON MILL ROAD. JACQULYN: THE MANAGER HERE AT TUMBLEPRO TOLD ME AN ATTORNEY ADVISED THEM NOT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHEN OR FOR HOW LONG FOWLER WORKED HERE. BUT I WAS TOLD THAT HE WAS LET GO. A STUDENT INSIDE ALSO TOLD ME THAT SHE AND SEVERAL OTHERS HAD COME FORWARD AND REPORTED FOWLER, BUT SHE WOULDN’T SAY EXACTLY WHAT FOR.A DIRECTOR AT CHEER ATHLETICS TOLD ME FOWLER WAS HIRED THERE IN 2014 — BUT WAS FIRED SHORTLY AFTER.HE SAYS SOMEONE SENT THE CHEERLEADING GYM A SOCIAL MEDIA POST — THAT SHOWED FOWLER WAS SOCIALIZING WITH CHEERLEADERS OUTSIDE OF WORK…AND THAT BROKE COMPANY POLICY.CHEER ATHLETICS SAYS AT THE TIME HE WAS HIRED…FOWLER PASSED HIS BACKGROUND CHECK.JACQULYN POWELL, KXAN NEWS.SYDNEY: WE CHECKED — AND FOUND THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT HASN’T RECEIVED ANY REPORTS INVOLVING FOWLER.WE ALSO ASKED THE TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WHETHER THEY’RE INVESTIGATING THE COACH. OFFICIALS TOLD US WE WOULD NEED TO FILE AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST.SYDNEY: WE DID SOME DIGGING TO SEE HOW LAWS ON SEXUAL COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM COMPARE TO LAWS HERE IN TEXAS. WE FOUND THAT IN THE U-K.. THE CRIME IS DEFINED AS SOMEONE 18 OR OLDER TALKING IN A SEXUAL WAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS YOUNGER THAN 16 YEAR OLD.THE AGE OF CONSENT IN TEXAS IS 17. SOMEONE FOUND GUILTY OF THIS AND DOES NOT HAVE A JURY TRIAL CAN GO TO PRISON FOR THE MAXIMUM OF ONE YEAR.. JUST LIKE CHASE FOWLER. THAT PERSON MAY ALSO BE ON A LIST CALLED THE “SEXUAL HARM PREVENTION ORDERS” FOR 10 YEARS. ROBERT: HERE IN TEXAS – AN ADULT CAUGHT SEXTING WITH A CHILD CAN FACE CHARGES LIKE DISTRIBUTING SEXUAL IMAGES TO A MINOR OR PROMOTING SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A MINOR.THESE CRIMES ARE PUNISHED AS STATE JAIL FELONIES. AN ADULT THAT SENT, RECEIVED OR SOLICITED EXPLICIT MESSAGES AND PICTURES COULD SEE A FINE UP TO 10- THOUSAND DOLLARS, UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON OR BOTH. ANYONE THAT IS CONVICTED COULD HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX

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