Timothy Lee Fowler, 37, of 16436 Kirsch Road Drive, Frazee has been charged in Becker County District court with felony malicious punishment of a child.

According to court records, on April 20, he allegedly punished one of his sons who had been disrespectful in school by spanking him repeatedly for 15 minutes, leaving his buttocks and upper legs covered in bruises. The boy allegedly had difficulty sitting for several days because of the pain.

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Fowler allegedly admitted spanking the boy for 15 minutes behind the shed at his residence, and said he was a large, strong man and didn't realize how hard he was spanking him.

On April 23, District Judge Peter Irvine issued a no-contact order between Fowler and two of his children and set his next court date for May 3.