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Marine accused of raping 12-year-old girl

Posted May 10, 2012

— A U.S. Marine intelligence analyst stationed in Huntingdon, England, faces charges in connection with the rape of a 12-year-old girl he allegedly met online, Fayetteville police said Thursday.

Sgt. Brandon Bowman, 27, was attending training at Fort Bragg when the April 29 crime allegedly occurred in the Cottonade neighborhood on Shortridge Road near the post.

Officers responding to a complaint of suspicious activity in some woods found the girl on her bicycle leaving the woods.

Bowman, who was found in the woods, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child and one count each of first-degree rape of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.

He was in the Cumberland County jail under a $2.3 million bond Thursday.

The alleged encounter might not be the first time the two met.

A man who lives in the Cottonade neighborhood told WRAL News that for four consecutive days prior to April 29, he saw a man park his car on the street and then disappear into the woods for about an hour with a girl.

Police have not said on what website Bowman and the girl met but have said it was not Facebook or Myspace.

A military spokesman said Bowman arrived at Fort Bragg on April 22 for pre-deployment training at the Joint Special Operations Command.


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  • itsmyownopinion May 11, 2012

    You people who are blaming the 12 year old girl should be ashamed of your sorry selves.

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO May 11, 2012

    Go ahead and defend your reasons as to why your 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 year old is on Facebook. Defend it. I pray your family isn't next in line for the predators that lurk outside your weak walls of defense."

    We cannot make their lives prisons. Education and awareness of the risks will do more than blanket bans.

    I would hardly call not being allowed on Facebook "prison".

  • 414tater May 11, 2012

    However, where were the parents of this girl?? You don't just let your 12 year old go off riding her bike alone, and obviously parents were not monitoring her internet activity either. Parents should be charged with child negligence.

    100% agree. the man or excuse for a man that did this is no doubt wrong and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. BUT the parents of this lil girl should have to answer a few questions themselves why arent they monitoring her internet actions? why is she riding a bike alone near woods? where were they

  • 414tater May 11, 2012

    How did she meet him online? Oh, let me guess...FACEBOOK. Yeah...it's such a great idea to let our children have facebook accounts. We are such brilliant parents aren't we? What will it take for so-called parents to wake up and realize a baby under the age of 16 should NOT have a Facebook account.

    Don23 it clearly states she DID NOT meet him on facebook or muspace.. did you miss that whole section? nothing is wrong with youngteens having a fb account as long as its monitored by their parents.

  • amber829 May 10, 2012

    You may not get death row for rape, but you should. A slap on the wrist is not going to stop him from raping again. The justice system needs a major overhaul.

  • topkat1258two May 10, 2012

    Not very "intelligent" was he??

  • quikdraw2 May 10, 2012

    Good Grief....this stuff is just NOT rocket science. Has everyone's common sense has left the planet??? Wonder if other incidents will be linked to him?

  • trekkie13 May 10, 2012

    e.1775 stated "Thanks for the explanation regarding double jeopardy, or better a lack thereof. Throw the book at him!"

    Double jeopardy only applies when a person is tried at the same level of government. A person can be tried for the same crime at both the state and federal level. However, the reason this does not happen a lot is because most state criminal statutes do not have a similar statute at the federal level. However, the UCMJ is actually federal law that lists crimes that active duty military members can be charged with that are similar to civilian crimes such as murder, rape, theft, etc. Most of the time that a person is charged with both a federal and state crime for the same incident is because they are military.

  • cocker_mom May 10, 2012

    babsd24 - REALLY????? You seriously are blaming the alleged victim here. What perverse thoughts to think that since she "knew" that something was going to happen if she went into the woods then somehow that makes him less guilty if what he has been charged with is true? MEN do not need to be hanging out with GIRLS. PERIOD. MEN do not "meet" 12 year old girls online. Predators do. MEN do not drive to meet 12 year old girls in any place, let along secluded ones. Predators do.

    There is no reason, or rationale, or blame, or "she should have known's" that can be thrown around in an instance of rape and predatory intercourse with a 12 year old CHILD.

    My God - what have we come to?

  • storchheim May 10, 2012

    Lordhelpusall, THANK YOU!!!! Nice to read something other than "sweet, innocent, baby, little girl, angel, poor thing, victim, ruined."