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March 8, 2013

Angry victim: Court lenient on sexual attacker

'Not enough of a punishment,' she says of probation order


“To think he’d go into the home of an elderly woman sickens me,” Lavoie said. “There is no sentence that is long enough for him in my opinion. And when he gets out, he will do it again.”

According to police, on May 25, 2012, Fowler entered a Temple Street apartment where Lavoie was spending the night and climbed into her bed and began fondling her. Lavoie said Fowler had been living in an upstairs room with his girlfriend and their two young children.

“It was the apartment of his girlfriend’s mother, but he was thrown out after they got into an argument,” Lavoie said about Fowler. “He knew it was me in the bed. He’s very sick person who has done this many times before.”

Fowler was charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and released on $1,000 cash bail. He was awaiting his trial on that charge when, on the morning of Jan. 31, he was arrested and charged with unarmed burglary. Police said he entered a house on South Webster Street about 2:30 a.m., frightening an elderly woman.

The elderly woman told police she was in her bedroom when she heard someone in the living area. When she went to investigate, she found a man, later identified as Fowler, trying to hide behind her refrigerator. When asked what he was doing, Fowler said he needed a place to stay for the night. There were no threats made or any physical contact during the confrontation, police said.

Lavoie said that when she learned of the incident involving the elderly woman, she wasn’t surprised to learn Fowler had been charged.

“I told police he would do it again,” Lavoie said.

Fowler was arraigned Jan. 31 in Haverhill District Court on unarmed burglary charge and ordered held without bail.

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