Boston - A Kentucky man convicted of a sex offense in 1996 was charged and arrested yesterday in federal court with failure to register as a sex offender.
Robert Lee Bowdre, 41, of Louisville, Ky., and recently New Bedford, Mass., was charged in a criminal complaint with failure to register as a sex offender. The criminal complaint alleges that between June 17, 2011 and Feb. 8, 2012, Bowdre, who was required to register as a sex offender, traveled in interstate commerce, and knowingly failure to register and update his registration. According to court documents, Bowdre was convicted in 1996 of 1st degree rape and 1st degree sodomy in Ky.
If convicted on these charges, Bowdre faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by up to a lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Bowdre remains in custody on the federal charge and is scheduled for a detention hearing on March 1, 2012 in U.S. District Court in Boston.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts made the announcement today. The case is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael I. Yoon of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
The details contained in the complaint affidavit are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.