Pleads guilty

D.S. native pleads guilty to improper relationship with student

A Dripping Springs native arrested in 2017 for improper relationship with an underage student has pled guilty in Caldwell County.

Sarah Madden Fowlkes, 28, pled guilty on one charge of improper relationship between an educator and a student, a second-degree felony, according to multiple reports. According to a KXAN-TV report, a Caldwell County judge has not accepted Fowlkes’ plea, which if approved, would consist of four years probation.

Fowlkes, a former educator at Lockhart ISD, was arrested in March 2017 after an investigation alleged Fowlkes was having an inappropriate relationship with a then 17-year-old student. The Hays Free Press reported in 2017 that Lockhart Police received a report regarding an improper relationship between Fowlkes and the student.

During the investigation, authorities suspected Fowlkes engaged in sexual conduct with the intent to arouse or gratify the “sexual desire” of the then student.

The case made national and international headlines after Fowlkes was seen smiling in her mugshot.

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