Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 26, 2013

Concerned parents hear about ongoing child porn investigation

Concerned parents hear about ongoing child porn investigation


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Parents filled a courtroom this morning at the Mercer County Courthouse Annex to learn more about an investigation into a day care worker charged with 150 counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.

Lindsey Dale Bowling, 29, of Princeton was arrested Nov. 22. He was an employee at Lil Camper Dependable Child Care in Princeton. Concerned parents met today with Sheriff Don Meadows, Detective Cpl. Steven Sommers, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler, Sgt. M.D. Clemons of the Crimes Against Children Unit of the West Virginia State Police, and Executive Director Shiloh Woodard with Child Protect of West Virginia.

Sommers told parents the investigation involving Bowling’s computer would take several months to complete. He said he has so far found only “commercially available” child pornography on it and not anything with Bowling’s picture, but the case is ongoing.

Sitler said there is currently no evidence to suggest any children at Lil Camper were involved. Parents who suspect any of their children may show signs of mistreatment should communicate their concerns to law enforcement for investigations.

Child Protect, an independent nonprofit agency, cooperates with law enforcement and provides qualified forensic evaluation and treatment referral services at no charge to victims, Sitler said. Child Protect is located at 206 Center Street in Princeton. The number is 304-425-2710 or childprotect@frontier.net.