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September 19, 2012

Ex-guidance counselor running from child porn sentence

PRINCETON — A former Princeton Senior High School guidance counselor remains on the lam as one of “America’s Most Wanted” criminals.

Brett David Bowyer, 33, of Princeton, pleaded guilty in October 2011 to possession of child pornography and was set for sentencing in federal court last May. Bowyer failed to appear for sentencing and has been on the run ever since.

He was featured Sept. 14 on an episode of “America’s Most Wanted,” and remained at large Wednesday.

According to a media release issued Oct. 3, 2011, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office representing West Virginia’s Southern District, “Bowyer admitted that on Sept. 17, 2010, he knowingly possessed more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, that is, actual or simulated sexual intercourse and the lascivious exhibition of the genitals and pubic area of the minors.”

Bowyer reportedly also admitted that he knew the images were pornographic in nature and that he used Limewire to download, receive and share child pornography.

In addition, Bowyer also said that between June 8 and Aug. 11, 2010, he posted material involving the sexual exploitation of minors to the site for others to view publicly.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Regional Violent Crime Task Force and the Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Although Bowyer has not faced sentencing, he could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the crimes he admitted.

Bowyer was 31 at the time of his arrest and had served as both a guidance counselor and a wrestling coach in Mercer County schools.

He had recently purchased a home on Walnut Street in Princeton, where investigators raided his cache of child pornography shortly before his arrest.

According to a MySpace.com site belonging to Bowyer under the name of “Brett D.,” Bowyer wrote that he enjoyed running, yoga, lifting weights, movies, coaching, and reading.

“I’m a pretty big health nut and have really gotten into yoga and distance running over the past few years. I love to laugh and make people laugh and just have a good time, no matter what situation I’m in. Life is about being positive and living to experience, so when you do both to the best of your being you have lived. Otherwise, you are just going through the motions,” he wrote, in a portion of the site where he was asked to describe himself.

U.S. Marshals representatives and the lead investigators on the case were not available for comment Wednesday, but reports indicate Bowyer may have told friends he planned to leave West Virginia en route to Chicago. It’s unknown what, if any, ties Bowyer has with that area.

The last time he was sighted, Bowyer was bald and in good physical condition. He stands approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 205 pounds. He has brown eyes and typically has facial hair trimmed in a goatee.

— Contact Tammie Toler at ttoler@ptonline.net.

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