ALBION, Mich. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender has been given an award by a local business group in Calhoun County for his work with a community band.
TV station WWMT says the Albion Chamber of Commerce didn't know about Ken Fourn's past. He pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1999 and is on the Michigan sex-offender registry.
Fourn was recently honored with a "Good Neighbor" certificate for more than 30 years of work with the Albion Community Band, 45 miles southwest of Lansing. He tells WWMT that he wouldn't have accepted it if he knew it would cause criticism. There have been angry Facebook postings.
He says his criminal case stemmed from a 10-year-old girl who was offended by the way he touched her during a music lesson. Fourn spent two months in jail.