Holcomb names successor to judge who resigned after escort video posted

The chief deputy prosecutor in Carroll County has been appointed to fill a coming vacancy on the county’s superior court bench, succeeding a judge who stepped down amid an escort scandal.

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday announced the appointment of Troy M. Hawkins to succeed Carroll Superior Judge Kurtis Fouts when he retires at the end of this month.

Hawkins has served as Carroll County chief deputy prosecutor in Delphi since June 2019, before which he was in private practice. Hawkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his law degree from University of Toledo Law School. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 2008.

Hawkins will be sworn in as judge of the Superior Court in Carroll County on a date to be determined, Holcomb’s office said.

Fouts submitted his notice of resignation last month after video of his encounter with an escort was posted on a website called “Diary of a Mad Escort,” according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. 

The newspaper reported that the escort, who went by the name of Jaylen Rain, recorded video of Fouts’ encounter with her nearly four years ago. She claims Fouts kissed and touched her in a sexual manner. The now-former escort told the Journal & Courier she didn’t know who Fouts was at the time of the encounter and that she posted the video after she claimed he harassed her on social media and because she wanted the public to know about his behavior.

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