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Caldwell Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

United States Attorney’s Office District of Idaho

BOISE – David Daniel Lynn Bowden, 21, of Caldwell was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today.

According to court records, in April 2021, the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received an investigative lead that Bowden possessed child pornography. ICAC is an investigative task force within the Idaho Office of the Attorney General funded by the State of Idaho and federal grants.

ICAC further investigated the tip and found corroborating evidence that Bowden possessed child pornography. Based on ICAC’s investigation, law enforcement secured a search warrant for Bowden’s residence in Caldwell to search for evidence of child pornography crimes. During the search of Bowden’s residence, law enforcement discovered 187 images of child pornography on Bowden’s phone. Some of the child pornography depicted prepubescent children.

“The collaborative efforts in Idaho to prosecute those who possess and distribute child pornography is second to none,” said U.S Attorney Hurwit. “Those who engage in this reprehensible conduct should know they have nowhere to hide.”

“Thank you to ICAC, the Caldwell Police Department and the US Attorney’s Office for their outstanding work that led to this sentencing. I am proud to work beside these agencies as they strive to keep Idaho’s children safe,” Attorney General Raúl Labrador said.

Senior U.S. District Judge Lynn B. Winmill also ordered Bowden to serve ten years of supervised release following his prison sentence and ordered restitution to the victims. Bowden pleaded guilty to the charges on December 8, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit thanked the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Idaho Office of the Attorney General, and the Caldwell Police Department for their cooperative efforts that led to the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.