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Sheriffs deputy indicted on sex charges – Archive – Frederick News-Post

April 25, 2015

Abuse of 14-year-old student alleged

Kate Leckie News-Post Staff | Posted May 21, 2011

A Frederick County grand jury on Friday indicted a sheriff’s deputy on four criminal charges stemming from a sexual relationship he is alleged to have had with a 14-year-old girl at Walkersville High School, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said.

At the time of his arrest, Deputy Sam A. Bowman was assigned to the high school as its school resource officer.

Initially facing charges of sex abuse of a minor and a fourth-degree sex offense, the indictment returned Friday adds two more counts of fourth-degree sex offense for acts alleged to have occurred with the ninth-grade student between March 9 and March 15, Smith said.

Richard Bricken, Bowman’s defense attorney, could not be reached for comment Friday.

As is customary in criminal cases involving members of local law enforcement, Smith called in a special prosecutor from an outside county to handle the case against Bowman, 46, of New Market.

Donna S. Fenton, deputy chief of the family violence division of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, presented the case Friday to the grand jury, Smith said.

The indictment eliminates the need for a preliminary hearing that had been set for June 1 in District Court. The case has been forwarded to Frederick County Circuit Court. No trial date has been set.

In charging documents, an investigator wrote that Bowman had frequent contact with the girl at school and he drove her home three times.

He had sexual contact with the teen in his police patrol car and in her residence, according to the documents.

Released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center after posting $75,000 bail, Bowman was suspended without pay as a result of his arrest, authorities said.

He joined the sheriff’s office in August 2010 after retiring with the rank of corporal from the Frederick Police Department.

During questioning about his relationship with the girl, Bowman denied any sexual contact, documents state. He told investigators he had gone into the girl’s bedroom because he suspected she was inhaling paint fumes and wanted to check the room for evidence.

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