Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 15, 2013

Former school counselor arraigned on federal failure to appear charge

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A former Princeton Senior High School counselor who fled prior to sentencing on child pornography and trafficking charges pleaded not guilty today during his arraignment in U.S. District Court on a federal charge of a failure to appear for sentencing.

Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, appeared before Magistrate R. Clarke VanDervort, who granted a federal motion to detain Bowyer. Bowyer was then remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service.

In a second hearing before U.S. District Judge David Faber, Faber revoked the bond that was standing when Bowyer fled the state, and didn’t appear for sentencing.

Bowyer was iindicted by a federal grand jury last month for failing to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing.

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.