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Bowyer sentenced for 2011 child porn conviction

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A former Mercer County school counselor and coach has been sentenced for child porn possession -- more than 14 months after fleeing the state ahead of his initial sentencing hearing.

Brett David Bowyer of Scarbro -- a former employee at Princeton Senior High School -- pleaded guilty to child porn possession in October 2011 but failed to show up for his May 30, 2012 sentencing.

Investigators found more than 600 sexually-explicit images of children on Bowyer's computer.

Bowyer was apprehended in June 2013 following a routine traffic stop in Brevard County, Fla., and returned to West Virginia.

He was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison by US District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield.

Last month, Bowyer pleaded not guilty to the federal charge of failing to appear for his 2012 sentencing.

He faces up to an additional five years if convicted of that charge. A trial date has not been set.

View's previous reports on the Bowyer case

Following is the full release from US Attorney Booth Goodwin's office:

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A Fayette County fugitive pedophile who failed to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing on a child pornography charge was sentenced today to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October 2011.  Bowyer's sentencing was handed down today by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield. 

On September 17, 2010, Bowyer possessed on his computer more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. Bowyer received and shared child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program called LimeWire, which allows Internet users to download files from other people's computers around the world.

U.S. Attorney Goodwin said, "Cases involving the exploitation of innocent children are so critical.  My office will continue to work diligently to make sure that pedophiles like Mr. Bowyer are locked up where they belong."

Bowyer was originally scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2012 in Bluefield, but failed to appear as required by the conditions of his release.  On June 12, 2013, Bowyer was arrested in Florida after being stopped for failing to change lanes for a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy whose vehicle had its emergency lights flashing.

Bowyer was indicted on June 18 by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for failing to appear for his May 2012 sentencing hearing.  He faces up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution.  

This case was 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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