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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Former Soldier Sentenced for Child Pornography Offense

Paducah, KY – A former Ft. Campbell soldier was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography.  There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, Chase Bowman-Raines, 24, of Oak Grove, Kentucky, possessed child pornography between February 15, 2019, and April 20, 2020, while in the Western District of Kentucky.  In April of 2020, after receiving multiple online cyber-tips concerning child pornography, several search warrants were executed, including one at Bowman-Raines’s home.  Bowman-Raines was arrested after he was found to be in possession of multiple images and videos depicting child pornography. 

“I commend HSI and Army CID for their combined effort in investigating this case,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett.  “Fighting child exploitation is a priority in the Western District of Kentucky and we will continue to lead the effort to identify, locate, arrest, and prosecute those who sexually exploit the most vulnerable of victims, our children.”  

“The victims of predators who exploit children experience long-term negative effects,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. “Our agents work tirelessly to investigate perpetrators like this defendant to ensure they are punished for their reprehensible actions.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nashville and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Fort Campbell, Kentucky investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office  prosecuted the case.

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."

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Updated November 4, 2021