Mich. Sex Offender Gets 'Good Neighbor' Award

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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  • by LeAnn Location: Lansing on Nov 16, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    I have a question for those who posted in support of this man; do you all give the same kind of consideration and support to medical marijuana users? If not, you're all big, fat hypocrites. The only reason I pose this here is because so many want to pass the worst type of judgment against perfectly wonderful and upstanding people, who have not harmed anyone, simply because they partake of something people still find controversial and many still want to attempt to continue the ban on. Yet, I come here and see so many talk about how wonderful a registered sex offender is, a man who has been dealt with in the court system for allegedly touching a 10-year-old girl. This is one of those instances that makes me truly wonder about the future of humanity when people are judged without deserving such and trying to seek relief and others are rewarded when their character is under a great deal of scrutiny based on past actions.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    There have been a lot of studies, and sex offenders like leapords can not chage their spots. The odds are that an offender will do it again.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    To those of you who think this guy is OK paid for his crimes, then why don't all of you invite him to be yor roomy or next door neighbor. Bet you don't want sex offenders living next to your homes. A good neighbor? You want a sex offender around your kids???
  • by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 02:21 AM
    If you go into OTIS there is nothing listed regarding Ken, no records found.
  • by John Chi Location: Holt on Nov 15, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    It doesnt matter what he has done in the past, if he is a good neighbor, than he is a good neighbor Everyone deserves to be forgiven especially after so long a time and keeping himself out of trouble. People need top get away from thei witch-hunt mentality and just let it go...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    If he did nothing why did he plead no contest, and why didn't he fight it. Being on the sex offenders registry is not something a normal person wants to have happen. So if he is on the registry and plead no contest,then its a matter of where there is smoke there is fire.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    And still teaching music? Really? I agree with part of the comments that people can learn from their past, but touching a 10 yr old girl is beyond that in my eyes. That is disgusting. If you need numbers, catch up on Oprah's latest shows. This is horrifying.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    this is just an insult to Albion and every person who has ever been molested, or raped. I find the whole thing offensive, and the Chamber of Commerce should change their name to the Chamber of Ops!
  • by Mad as Hell on Nov 15, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    "your past is your past" Nice. His victim will not have such an easy time putting it behind her!
  • by Rita Location: Lansing on Nov 15, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Well if he made the good neighbor award good for him alot better than being a bad neighbor. Now with the news and his past brought up now everyone is going to think he is a bad neighbor. Thats sad. It is his award let him enjoy it, after this he should get a good sport award. I think sometimes the news goes to far. You can pee on the side walk and be on the sex registry. I am sure they checked to see what his crime was and was it valid or not.
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