Andrew Cowells: Indiana teacher accused of touching boys in bathroom, watching them urinate
ELKHART, INDIANA: A high school teacher in Indiana was fired after he was arrested for inappropriately touching his students in a school bathroom and repeatedly making sexual comments in class. Details of the case were revealed in court documents obtained by the media, which identify the accused as Andrew Cowells, who allegedly attempted to watch at least two underage boys urinate. Cowells also encouraged another boy to touch himself and told his class he wanted a 15-year-old student to “squeal” him at him, police said. After his arrest, Cowells faces a total of 18 charges of sex crimes.
Arrested for more than a dozen crimes on Wednesday, June 23, news of the two-month investigation into Cowell’s predatory nature comes after an Alabama teacher was shot and killed two days after was arrested for rape and sodomy on May 27. In the Ohio cases, two teachers were also convicted of having sex with minors. One of them is a 29-year-old teacher, recently sentenced to 54 months in prison for having sex with two teenagers in a hotel room. The other teacher was sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old boy with behavioral problems.
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Who is Andrew Cowells?
The 47-year-old social studies teacher at Concord High School in Elkhart, near the Indiana-Michigan border, had taught for 20 years in the district before being arrested and then fired as a result of the incidents. Cowells, who was once the president of the Concord Teachers Association, was reported to police after school staff learned of “inappropriate comments of a sexual nature” he allegedly made to students on May 5, 2021. Soon , cops questioned students aged 15 and 16. and obtained a warrant for Cowell’s phone as part of the investigation into the case.
Cowell’s phone investigation revealed multiple images of naked children, with teens “in various stages of undressing” and an adult male sexually assaulting a minor, the affidavit reveals. The director of Concord Community Schools, however, said none of the children in the photos were students in the school district, The Goshen News reported.
Cowell’s perverse crimes
Cowell had admitted to his class that he felt “turned on” by telling sexual jokes, his students told investigators. The disgraced teacher also clapped for two female students who “squeaked” at each other in class and sent inappropriate text messages to one of them the same day, police said. Cowell also allegedly grabbed a student’s bare butt and legs as he urinated in the bathroom. He then looked over the boy’s shoulder to see him act, before asking another student to touch the boy’s private parts, police said.
Currently facing 13 felony counts, including solicitation of children, indirect sexual gratification involving adolescents, and possession of child pornography, Cowell has also been charged with the offenses of voyeurism, bodily harm and harassment. via electronic networks. Three other teachers have also been put on leave with police with warrants for their cellphones, but no further arrests in the case have been revealed. “This is totally unacceptable,” Superintendent Dan Funston told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday 23 June. “Teachers are meant to be trusted adults in our children’s lives,” he said. “We are angry whenever the well-being of our students is put at risk. “