Lockheart, Texas. Married schoolteacher Sarah Fowlkes poses for a photograph. The pretty blonde smiles widely and the picture comes out great. She looks radiant. Only that’s not really the idea. The photogenic 26 year-old wasn’t supposed to smile. The picture was her mugshot.
Fowlkes had been arrested for conducting an illicit affair with an 17 year-old student and the charge is a serious one. Which makes her decision to flash those perfect pearly whites of hers all that more bizarre. The community and her (now former) employer certainly takes the alleged crime seriously…
“Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly,” schools superintendent Susan Bohn said. “Student safety is the district’s most important priority. As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation,” she went on.
Worth remembering that she’s not been found guilty – there’s been no trial.
“You’ve got a young lady who was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence,” her attorney, her lawyer Jason Nassour said. “This isn’t a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught. When everything’s fleshed out, it won’t be as it appears.”
Here’s more on the weird story and Ms. Fowlkes strange decision to smile for her mugshot: