- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A Fairbanks judge shut down a hearing for a high school counselor whose aunt offered to keep an eye on him while he awaits trial on sex abuse charges.

Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald cut the custodial hearing short when he heard that the aunt’s home had 10 children living in it.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1rxv9Yh ) Claude Fowlkes III remains in Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail pending trial.

A third-party custodian is someone who agrees to keep tabs on a suspect full time while they await trial.

Fowlkes’ attorney argued that he has not been convicted of any sexual abuse charges and cannot be judged to be a danger to children.

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