CLARKSBURG — Federal officials indicted a Fairmont man in U.S. District Court Wednesday on charges of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said Robert Allen Bowman, 28, of Fairmont, is charged with two counts of production of child pornography. Bowman is accused of enticing a minor into sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of making pictures to distribute electronically. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in July 2019 in Marion County.

According to the court papers, a detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was told July 11, 2019 about a Samsung Galaxy S7 that allegedly contained explicit video and photos of minors. The Monongah police chief asked for assistance on the case.

On July 12, 2019, an officer sat in with Child Advocacy Center staff when they interviewed two juveniles ­– a nine-year-old girl and a seven-year-old girl – who were allegedly filmed and photographed by Bowman.

The nine-year-old said Bowman allegedly “touched” the two girls at a residence. She said Bowman had come into the living room where she and the other girl were playing doctor with dolls, and he asked if they wanted to play “doctor for real,” the complaint states.

The nine-year-old told police and child advocates that Bowman undressed the other girl and began feeling her genitals, according to the complaint.

The nine-year-old also said Bowman compelled her to undress, and took pictures of her with his phone without clothes on and took a photo of the other girl without clothes on, the court papers state.

The nine-year-old girl said that after the photos, Bowman compelled her to undress and touch her genitals, the complaint states. The girl said she had been compelled to take videos of herself naked in the bathroom of the residence, according to the court papers.

Bowman faces at least 15 years and up to 30 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The complaint states that the detective obtained a warrant on July 15, 2019 that allowed him to search Bowman’s mobile device. At that point, he forensically removed the photos from the device.

In the mobile phone’s photo gallery, police found three videos that depicted the nine-year-old performing sexually explicit acts, the complaint states. Ten photos allegedly contained sexually explicit photos of minors.

“These photos do originate from the mobile device, and were created by the camera of the mobile device according to the date collected in the forensic extraction,” the complaint states.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Monongah Police Department investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Bowman remains in the North Central Regional Jail where his bail remains set at $500,012.

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