The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 6, 2013

Fugitive Fayette pedophile sentenced to 10 years

— A Fayette County fugitive pedophile who failed to appear for a May 2012 sentencing hearing on a child pornography charge was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court n Bluefield to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

Brett David Bowyer, 34, of Scarbro, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October 2011.

On Sept. 17, 2010, Bowyer possessed on his computer more than 600 pictures and videos of children having sex or performing sexual acts. Bowyer received and shared child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program called LimeWire, which allows Internet users to download files from other people’s computers around the world.

Bowyer was originally scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2012, in Bluefield, but failed to appear as required by the conditions of his release.

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 was indicted on June 18 by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for failing to appear for his May 2012 sentencing hearing. He faces up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

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