Michael Fowler is arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court Tuesday.

Urbana man sentenced to jail after attempting to meet 12, 13-year-old girls

An Urbana man has been sentenced after being found guilty of criminal child enticement after he attempted to meet with what he believed were two girls younger than 15.

Michael Fowler Jr., 46, was sentenced to 180 days in the Clark County Jail on Monday, according to Clark County Municipal Court records. Fowler was found guilty of criminal child enticement on Jan. 21.

Fowler must also register as a Tier I sex offender. As a Tier I sex offender, Fowler must register with the state once a year for the next 15 years.

German Twp. police arrested Fowler on May 25 after a planned meeting with a 13-year-old and 12-year-old girl turned out to be with police officers instead, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

Fowler was Snapchat messaging the 13-year-old when the girl’s mother took her daughter’s cell phone and discovered there were several messages between him and her daughter, according to the affidavit.

“It was obvious that (Fowler) was trying to meet her daughter in person and did engage in conversation about a sex act,” the affidavit said.

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The conversation moved from the photo and messaging app to text messages, where the girl told Fowler she was in the seventh grade at a Clark County high school. Fowler then suggested that they meet in person, according to the affidavit.

“He suggested that they meet in person and that he would meet her at the high school and if she left the school he would take her to breakfast one day,” the affidavit said.

The girl’s mother turned over the phone with screenshots of the conversation to police, and also contacted a mother of a 12-year-old girl who was a friend of her daughter’s, “who has also had Snapchat conversations with (Fowler),” the affidavit said.

Both mothers gave German Twp. police permission to search the contents of the girls’ phone. After police downloaded the information from the cellphones, Fowler continued to send Snapchat messages to the 13-year-old wanting to meet her in person, the affidavit said.

The 13-year-old’s mother agreed to allow officers to send Fowler a text message agreeing to meet him and saying she would be coming with the 12-year-old girl.

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At the time of his arrest, Fowler was in possession of 38 zip ties, a pill bottle of Viagra, a sex toy, “a marijuana cigarette”, a bottle of CIROC red berry alcohol and a bottle of Crown Royal Vanilla, according to a German Twp. Police Department property receipt.

Fowler must now answer to more child sex charges in Montgomery County. He is accused in Clay Twp. of exchanging illicit photographs with multiple juveniles.

He is charged with eight counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of attempt to commit tampering with evidence and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Fowler is said to have met some of the victims in the case at a 2019 New Year’s Eve Party, where he had shown up.

Fowler is due in Montgomery County court on those charges on March 12.

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