Fowle loses job, still detained in N. Korea

Jeffrey Fowle detained in North Korea. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP/WDTN) – An American detained in North Korea since May and charged with “anti-state” crimes there has lost his job in Ohio.

Published reports say the decision to terminate 56-year-old Jeff Fowle from his job with the city of Moraine was effective Thursday and includes severance pay and reinstatement ability.

The suburban Dayton man is one of three U.S. citizens being held by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He was arrested in May and accused of leaving a Bible at a sailor’s club. He is awaiting trial.

The report says City Manager David Hicks wrote in a Sept. 16 letter that the decision was made in the best interests of the city and its residents.

Fowle’s attorney says the family has no hard feelings against the Dayton suburb. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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