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    Release No. 07-082

    June 18, 2007

    TEXAS MAN WHO TRAVELED TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO HAVE SEX WITH MINOR AND PLAYED ROLE IN GIRL’S SUICIDE SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

    SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man from Dallas, Texas who admitted that he traveled to Southern California to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he had met on the Internet – a teen-ager who committed suicide after the man broke off the relationship – was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison.

    Kiley Ryan Bowers, 29, pleaded guilty in April to interstate travel to have unlawful sex with a minor, as well as transportation of child pornography. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Bowers received the nine-year prison term this afternoon from United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford.

    In sentencing Bowers, Judge Guilford said that he understood the family’s desire for closure and that the agreed-upon nine-year sentence was reasonable. The victim’s mother spoke during the hearing, stating that Bowers “caused unimaginable emotional distress when he traveled to Orange County in order to feed his perverted sickness, then heartlessly and cruelly tossed” her daughter aside. The woman said that the family holds Bowers “100 percent responsible for the serious clinical depression that besieged and stole the live of” their daughter.

    According to court documents, Bowers met the girl, who was 14 years old and lived in Orange County, California, on the Internet in 2005. The girl’s parents later checked her profile on myspace.com, where they found messages from Bowers. They told her not to contact Bowers because of his age, took her computer away for several months, and deleted the myspace account.

    However, court documents state that the girl continued to contact Bowers, using computers at school and telephones. After a series of Internet messages and telephone conversations, Bowers traveled to Southern California in December 2005. According to a statement the girl made to investigators, they had sex in Bowers’ rental car and at a hotel.

    In May 2006, Bowers ended the relationship with the girl. In June 2006, the girl, who was then 15, told her parents about the December incident. The matter was then referred to local authorities, who referred the matter to federal authorities. In July 2006, the teen-ager committed suicide, and, according to Bowers’ plea agreement, she “left a suicide note suggesting that defendant was partially responsible for causing her suicide.”

    This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (the SAFE Team), a multi-agency task force committed to investigating and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department provided substantial assistance in the investigation.

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    Release No. 07-082
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