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UPDATE: Former School Guidance Counselor Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/5/13 @ 10:10 p.m.
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Fayette County fugitive pedophile who failed to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing on a child pornography charge was sentenced Monday to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison, according to information from 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 Sept. 17, 2010, Bowyer, a former high school guidance counselor, 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.

Bowyer's case was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" last fall.

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.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/19/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A former high school guidance counselor who pleaded guilty to a child porn charge has been captured.

Brett Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro in Fayette County, has been a fugitive from justice after failing appear in federal court in Bluefield for sentencing in May 2012.

Bowyer pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October 2011.

The Florida Highway Patrol captured Bowyer in Brevard County last week after he failed to move over for an officer conducting a traffic stop.

Bowyer's case was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" last fall.

Federal prosecutors say Bowyer now faces a new charge after a federal grand jury in Huntington indicted him Tuesday for failing to appear for sentencing.

Bowyer faces up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the charge.


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