Former teacher found guilty of criminal sexual conduct

By: Thomas Franz | C&G Newspapers | Published December 14, 2016


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Macomb County Circuit Court judge recently sentenced a former Chippewa Valley High School teacher found guilty of four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

On Nov. 17, Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Christopher David Cowles, 25, of Clinton Township, to at least five years and up to 15 years in prison.

Cowles was arrested and charged Feb. 19, 2015, by Clinton Township police after having sexual contact with a female student who was 17 years old at the time of Cowles’ arrest, but 16 years old at the time of the incident.

Cowles was hired by Chippewa Valley Schools in January 2014 as a career technical education teacher. He was placed on administrative leave Jan. 12, 2015, around the time the incident occurred.

Michigan law states that third-degree criminal sexual conduct involves a victim described as being between 13 and 16 years old, or a student of at least 16 years old but less than 18 years old.

Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec contributed to this report.