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Fayette Co. Man Who Previously Pleaded Guilty To Child Pornography Charges Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury For Failing To Appear For Sentencing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia


CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A Fayette County man who previously pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography charges was indicted on June 18 by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for allegedly failing to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, Fayette County, W.Va., was charged with one count of failing to appear for sentencing as required by the conditions of his release. 

Bowyer failed to appear for sentencing that was scheduled for May 30, 2012 in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va.  Bowyer previously pleaded guilty in October 2011 to possession of child pornography. 
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 faces up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of the charge contained in the indictment.   

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution.  

This case is being prosecuted as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s ongoing initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Note: The charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Click here to view a copy of the indictment

Updated January 7, 2015