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February 24, 2014

Former school counselor currently serving 10 years for child pornography gets more prison time

BLUEFIELD — A former Princeton Senior High School counselor currently serving a statutory maximum 10-year prison sentence on a federal child pornography charge received an additional year in prison for failing to appear for a sentencing hearing originally scheduled in May 2012, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today.

Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, Fayette County, previously pleaded guilty in September 2013 to failing to appear for sentencing as required.  Bowyer’s sentence was handed down today by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield federal court.    

Bowyer failed to appear for a sentencing hearing that was originally scheduled for May 30, 2012, in federal court in Bluefield.

On June 12, 2013, Bowyer was arrested in Florida by a Brevard County sheriff’s deputy after being stopped for failing to change lanes.

The court ordered Bowyer’s sentence to run consecutive to his current prison term.

The United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

This case was being prosecuted as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

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