Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2013

Bowling waives right to hearing

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A former childcare worker in Princeton charged with multiple counts of receiving and possessing child pornography has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Lindsey Bowling, 29, of Princeton, was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning before Magistrate Sandra Dorsey for a preliminary hearing. Bowling was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with 150 counts of receiving and possessing material visually portraying a minor in sexually explicit conduct. Bowling was working for the Lil Camper Dependable Child Care in Princeton at the time of his arrest.

Bowling waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and the case will now be forwarded to the February 2014 session of the Mercer County grand jury, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis.

McGinnis said his office hoped to have the case ready by the time the grand jury convenes. Bowling is being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Local law enforcement authorities hosted a meeting Nov. 26 with the parents of day care students about the case. Detective Cpl. Steven Sommers of the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force told parents that examining Bowling’s computer could take months to complete. Any files or videos found in the computer must be viewed individually.

Sommers said Wednesday after Bowling waived the hearing that only “commercially available” child pornography has been found, and no photographs of day care children have been discovered. The forensics work on Bowling’s computer is continuing.

“There is still a lot being investigated at this point,” McGinnis said. “Of course, we’re always leery about commenting on any ongoing investigation. Interviews are continuing, the investigation continues, and we are still looking into several things. At this point, the parents are continuing to cooperate with our office and law enforcement officials continue to look into this. At this point, we really can’t say who has come forward and who hasn’t. Believe me, it’s all continuing to be investigated and we’re still collecting information and leads to see where it goes.”

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com