Former Broad Ripple teacher sentenced in child pornography case

Robert Fowler, 43, to serve 3 months in prison

INDIANAPOLIS - A former Broad Ripple High School teacher was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Detectives said Robert Fowler, 43, of Noblesville, was arrested in May 2012 on nine felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Detectives with the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force said they found images of pre-teen girls and an infant in sexual situations on his computer.

Although Fowler was sentenced to two years, he will only serve three months in prison. The rest of the sentence was suspended. He received two days of credit for time served, officials said.

"These were not accidentally possessed or something he just came across on the Internet. These were things that were purposefully sent to him and things that he consciously saved and retrieved on different occasions to look at for his sexual gratification," Lt. Cameron Ellison said.

A search of Fowler's computer at Broad Ripple High School revealed no additional evidence, police said.

Indianapolis Public Schools said it was unaware of any evidence that Fowler engaged in any type of inappropriate activity with IPS students during school hours.

In addition to the prison sentence, officials said Fowler must permanently surrender his teaching license, register as a sex offender, and he may only use the internet to search for jobs.

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