Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 20, 2013

‘He came back wanted’

Mercer County child porn fugitive indicted on new federal charge

BLUEFIELD — Brett David Bowyer, the former Princeton Senior High School counselor who fled prior to sentencing on child pornography and trafficking charges, was indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing.

Bowyer, 34, was arrested June 12 in Florida after being stopped for failing to change lanes for a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy whose vehicle had its emergency lights flashing, according to a press release issued Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

“The deputy happened to have a portable fingerprint scanner and ran him right there on the side of the road,” Sgt. M.D. Clemons, with the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, told the Daily Telegraph after Bowyer’s arrest. “He came back wanted.”

The indictment, handed down Tuesday, alleges that Bowyer, who resided in Fayette County prior to the sentencing hearing, failed to appear for sentencing that was scheduled for May 30, 2012, in Bluefield.

Bowyer pleaded guilty in October of 2011 to child pornography and trafficking charges. According to Daily Telegraph reports, Bowyer admitted that on Sept. 17, 2010, he knowingly possessed more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Bowyer also admitted that he knew the images and videos constituted child pornography, and he acknowledged using Limewire, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, to download, receive and share child pornography.

Also, between June 8, 2010, and Aug. 11, 2010, Bowyer posted material involving the sexual exploitation of minors on a website for public viewing, according to a previous statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Bowyer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the child pornography and trafficking charges. If convicted of the failure to appear charge, he faces an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia, according to the press release.

Bowyer remains in Florida awaiting extradition back to West Virginia.

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