FNSBSD Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges

FAIRBANKS- A Hutchison High School instructor and Fairbanks school district employee pled not guilty to sexual abuse of a minor today in superior court. 34–year–old Claude Fowlkes is charged with 7 counts of Sexual Abuse after allegedly assaulting a 15–year–old male student during his time at the high school. Fowlkes, who is currently without a lawyer, said he could not afford an attorney. He told Judge Michael MacDonald that the state denied him a public defender and he can't pay $45,000 to $50,000 for his own attorney.