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Chesapeake man charged with coming to Bedford to solicit a minor to produce child pornography

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On August 1, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult male found inside of a Bedford County residence. The male had exited the home prior to arrival of Deputies and Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC), according to a report from the Bedford Countyo Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was located Virginia Conservation Police soon after the call
sitting in a vehicle in a school parking lot, he was identified as Michael Ian Bowser ofChesapeake, VA. Bowser was in possession of multiple firearms, according to the BCSO. Bowser was charged and arrested for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Carry of a Concealed Weapon.
Through further investigations, it is alleged that Bowser had traveled to Bedford County from Chesapeake to meet a 16-year-old Bedford County child he had met online. Multiple search warrants were executed to seize electronic devices found in Bowser’s possession. A complete Digital Evidence Exam was conducted on the electronic devices by the SOVA-ICAC Digital Evidence Recovery Unit.

On August 7, 2017, eight felony warrants were obtained and served on
Bowser; five counts of Possession of Child Pornography and three counts of Solicitation of a Minor to Produce Child Pornography. Bowser was held with no bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
The BCSO is urging parents are to talk with their children about internet safety and the dangers of child predators.
The Virginia Conservation Police are an affiliate agency with the SOVA-ICAC. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is the managing agency of the SOVA-ICAC Task Force and has numerous Investigators assigned full time.