Nevada Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography
SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Nevada, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography after he assumed a false online identity as a woman and persuaded a teenage girl in Georgia to send him pornographic images of herself.
Curtis Bowman, 43, of Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Bowman to serve a life term of supervised release following his incarceration, and to pay $12,140 in restitution to his victim.
Bowman pleaded guilty on Oct. 15, 2014, to receiving child pornography over the Internet.
Law enforcement officers in Cobb County, Ga., were contacted by the victim’s mother. She told officers that her 16-year-old daughter, identified as ”Jane Doe,” had been engaged in sexually explicit e-mail communications with an individual identifying herself as “Amanda Toben.” Jane Doe confirmed that she met “Amanda Toben,” whom she believed was a female resident of Missouri, in an online chat room sometime in January 2014. They began exchanging e-mails and within a matter of days, the e-mail exchanges became sexual in nature. Jane Doe ultimately sent a number of images depicting herself engaged in sexually explicit conduct to “Toben.”
Georgia law enforcement officers identified Bowman and on March 7, 2014, local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Bowman’s residence, where he was arrested. Investigators discovered a number of sexually explicit images of Jane Doe on Bowman’s computer.
Although the age of consent in the state of Georgia is 16 years of age, the federal government deems the age of consent to be 18 years of age. Therefore, receiving sexually explicit images of a 16-year-old minor over the Internet is a violation of federal law.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kelleher. It was investigated by the Vernon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the FBI and the Cobb County, Ga., Police Department.
Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”