Stevens man pleads guilty

By on July 20, 2016

 

A Stevens man has pleaded guilty to his fourth sex crime and avoided the potential for a lifetime prison sentence by striking a deal with prosecutors.

Todd Mathew Bowman

Todd Mathew Bowman

Todd Mathew Bowman, 41, of the 100 block of North Reamstown Road, will spend the next eight to 16 years in prison for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl in October.

He entered a negotiated plea July 18.

Defense attorney Cory Miller said Bowman’s three prior convictions on sex crimes could have allowed prosecutors to seek a life sentence for the newest conviction.

“It was a difficult compromise and one with few options,” Miller said. “Had Mr. Bowman taken this case to trial, if convicted, he would have been facing a mandatory life in prison. That weighed heavily on his decision.”

The district attorney’s office felt comfortable agreeing to the 16-year sentence, in part, because it avoids the need for a trial and having the victim appear before a jury, spokesperson Brett Hambright said.

“The max sentencing is sparing the victim the pain and anguish of going through a trial,” he said.

Bowman had already been convicted of touching women’s breasts without their permission in 2006 and 2007, according to police reports. Both times he was charged with indecent assault without consent, second-degree misdemeanors, and was sentenced to probation each time, according to court dockets.

He pleaded guilty to the same charge in Berks County in 1995, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty Monday to felony unlawful contact with a minor and misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault without consent and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

Bowman, who is married with two children, will have to register with police under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law for the rest of his life, county Judge James P. Cullen ordered Monday.

Bowman did not make any statements Monday in court.

Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick prosecuted the case.

Jonas Fortune is a staff writer at LNP.

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