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Hope Mills woman charged with obstruction of justice

Posted February 10, 2010
Updated February 11, 2010

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— A Hope Mills woman faces charges of felony obstruction of justice in a sex case involving a 6-year-old girl.

Investigators say Amanda Cowen, 29, of 3238 Vardaman Ave., forged and disseminated a malicious MySpace message, claiming the girl lied when she told authorities that Cowen’s husband had sexually abused her. The incident reportedly occurred between Nov. 10 and Dec. 30.

Detectives determined that Cowen was trying to get charges of child abuse dropped against her husband by posting the MySpace message.

Cowen was released after posting a $3,000 bond on Wednesday. Her firs court appearance is Thursday.

Her husband, Trever Ried Cowen, 26, also of 3238 Vardaman Ave., faces several charges, including taking indecent liberties with a child and first-degree statutory sexual offense.

Cowen was being held under a $150,000 bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center on Wednesday.

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  • lajssslk Feb 12, 2010

    (con't) So, you can refer to me as a 'conspiracy theorist' if you would like to. I never referred to any conspiracy, I merely indicated that I ad doubts that a full, proper and thorough investigation had been conducted. If that had truly been the case here, then why has Cowen been charged 3 times, with 2 of those charges being dismissd? Why would they dismiss the charges if they had gathered all of the evidence against her?

    Maybe that's one of the things that us 'yammering' about this case can resolve. Maybe if enough yammering is done then someone will take notice and actually pursue justice for this little girl. I would hope that justice and not retaliation would be the goal for everyone involved in this case, especailly law enforcement.

    When it comes down to it, this 6 year old girl is a victim of one kind or another. Law enforcement has been trusted to protect her, not to play games with her mommy, and I hope that eventually she gets the justice that she deserves.

  • lajssslk Feb 12, 2010

    ssgpiteo, let's clear some things up, shall we? No, I do not know the other two sources in this story, but I do know Cowen-I think I already said that earlier and made no effort to conceal that. I am perfectly aware of how the justice system works, and that is what concerns me most with this case. Somebody is guilty of something here, whether that be Cowen/hubby for abuse, or other parties for false reporting. IDK which is the case, which I also said earlier.

    I would naturally assume, sir, that you would be concerned as well with ensuring that the law enforcement in this case does a thorough job, which from what I have seen just on the warrant alone, shows that it has not been the case. Cowen's warrant showing she logged into a myspace acct merely shows opportunity, but is not proof that she did anything wrong. I would have hoped that investigators would have made that extra effort to ask for the originating IP address, since that would answer the question of where the msg came from

  • ssgpiteo Feb 11, 2010

    skili11, It is almost like repeating myself. Any knowledge you possess is from the accused herself, period. Reading your post anyone can easily ascertain that you clearly are the biased one. My knowledge or lack of knowledge in this case is not shown in the majority of what I have written. I have been attempting to speak from a natural stance and I continue to be attacked by you conspiracy theorists. I have not read or even seen any articles supporting your claims, like arrests or charges made on this “bad guy” and/or an arrest made on this “someone else”. The article did start “Multiple arrests made”. Right now you just look like your supporting an “accused” mother who “allegedly” used lies and deceit to free an “accused” child molester (I am not making this up, it is in the article). As I wrote earlier, “If the accused is innocent then hopefully it will be proven in a court of law.”

  • skili11 Feb 11, 2010

    Funny, ssgpiteo. You seem to be under the impression that I do not have knowledge of the supporting evidence. And since we know that you also have ties to this case, you would know that she did not "POST A MYSPACE MESSAGE" as the "detectives" have stated. She simply read a message that someone else sent, and brought it to the attention of the people who should be helping that little girl instead of allowing her to live with a man who is attempting more harm on her than good. And as far as the forgery is concerned... show me proof that she WROTE the message (which is so impossible that even the ever-so-smart detectives have yet to do) and that it did not, in fact, come from the accuser. Do not attempt to sound biased or fair. Do not pretend like this system in good ol' Fayetteville isn't flawed. This is not the only case that I know of, personally, that the bad guy is still walking free while the children and the innocent parent are living a nightmare.

  • ssgpiteo Feb 11, 2010

    Lagssslk, Just as skili11 tried to accuse a “person” of “only telling part of the story”, judging off of statements made by you it is very clear that your “first hand knowledge” is coming from the accused herself. As you claim there are 2 other sources and I guarantee that you have not seen the information obtained from them being that you make no reference to it. I am not saying she is guilty or innocent; it is all part of the process. Gather evidence obtained from all parties and move forward with who you believe to be the guilty party. Placing guilt or innocents in the hands of people (prosecutor, Judge, and jury) who all have their own separate opinions and beliefs will never be a flawless system but it is the best system our “free” country has. If the accused is innocent then hopefully it will be proven in a court of law. Nothing will even be proven as a result of any of us yammering back and forth.

  • ssgpiteo Feb 11, 2010

    Skili11, “is only telling part of the story”? You must read comments 3, 4, and 5 plus the article. “forged and disseminated a malicious MySpace message”, “Detectives determined that Cowen was trying to get charges of child abuse dropped against her husband by posting the MySpace message”. Ergo “Her arrest was not a result of her claiming her husband’s innocents but rather forging “something” in hopes that it would get him released.”, there isn’t a “part” of anything being said.

  • ssgpiteo Feb 11, 2010

    Tarheel4life, the child was referred to as the little girl in previous comments by the first 2 readers concerned about the child. It is a simple example of quoting others writing, nothing more.

  • NCStatePack Feb 11, 2010

    "Sexual predators SHOULD BE PUT DOWN LIKE a rabid dog! Sexual perverts that arbitrarily use the lives and bodies of young children to further their own sick pain/pleasure conundrum is despicable, egotistical and truly leaves damage on the victim one way or another. PUNISH THIS FIEND NOW!!!"

    One problem...he has to be found guilty first. Now calmly put down your pitchforks until the trial is over with.

  • DizzyDaphnee Feb 11, 2010

    Sexual predators SHOULD BE PUT DOWN LIKE a rabid dog! Sexual perverts that arbitrarily use the lives and bodies of young children to further their own sick pain/pleasure conundrum is despicable, egotistical and truly leaves damage on the victim one way or another. PUNISH THIS FIEND NOW!!!

  • daisy Feb 11, 2010

    ak, if you are a frequent poster on golo, you would know that 18 comments so far is actually small number. Plus the headline on this case is a curious one. It sounds like there are quite a bit of twists to it which will make it interesting to follow. Remember, we are readers, not people connected to the case. The other case you mentioned doesn't have much twist involved...just another sad example of a creep hurting a child.

    I live in the Hope Mills area so this story drew me in right away.

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