Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sgt. Daniel Bowden Has Been Terminated for Child Porn

The veteran Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography this week has been terminated, according to an FHP official in Tallahassee.

"He has been terminated," said Capt. Mark Welch, FHP's chief of public affairs in Tallahassee.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Cyber Crimes Unit arrested former FHP Sgt. Daniel Bowden, 40, on the 10 counts on Tuesday.

The unit had been investigating the Bowden case for several months. A search warrant was served at Bowden's Lake County home and an examination of computers there discovered "numerous images of child pornography," according to the Sheriff's Office.

The images show young male and female children engaged in sex acts, according to an affidavit released by the Sheriff's Office. The children shown in the images are under 18, the document states.

Bowden was arrested without incident and taken to the Lake County Jail. He was released Tuesday evening after posting bail.

During an interview with Lake investigators, Bowden said he "made a mistake," but he also said that "he did not think what he was doing was a big deal," the affidavit states. He told investigators he was viewing the images "out of curiosity," according to the document.

Bowden had been with the FHP since August 1991. He worked ouf of FHP's Troop D and its DeLand station.

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