Former Amarillo ISD teacher sentenced to 20 years in jail

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Geoffrey Nathan Lowry was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by a Randall County jury.

Lowry pled not guilty to the charge of online solicitation of a minor, a second degree felony, with a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prison with the option of assessing probation. After hearing the evidence, the jury found Lowry guilty of the offense as alleged in the indictment.

This case involved a proactive operation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety - Criminal Investigative Division. Lowry solicited sex from an individual he thought was 14 years old.

During the punishment phase of trial, the jury learned the Texas DPS-CID investigation uncovered a crime that occurred in Potter County. Lowry had also committed the offense of improper relationship with a student while working at Palo Duro High School. The victim of that offense bravely testified about the Lowry’s conduct.

At the conclusion of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Lacy Miller asked the jury to help deter this type of offense in Randall County by sending the message that we will not tolerate sexual predators targeting our children. 

The jury deliberated for less than an hour and assessed the maximum punishment allowed by law, 20 years TDCJ and a $10,000 fine.

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