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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Convicted Sex Offender Admits to Sexually Assaulting 6-Year-Old

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Mark Anthony Lowe, 63, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty today to charges of coercion and enticement of a child and penalties for a registered a sex offender.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Lowe admitted he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old child while visiting the child’s family on Langley Air Force Base during the 2015 Christmas holiday. The child was taken to an area hospital and examined by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and a sexual assault forensic report was completed.

Lowe, a registered sex offender, has a criminal record which includes numerous sexual assault offenses with a child in 1993 in Tarrant County, Texas.

Lowe was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 14, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on Sept. 7. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa McKeel and Kaitlin Gratton are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:16cr31.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 27, 2016