Man faces child porn charges after traveling to Bedford to meet child he met online

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) On Tuesday, August 1st, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult that was found inside a Bedford County home.

The man had left the home before the arrival of Deputies and Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC).

The suspect was later found sitting in a vehicle in a school parking lot.

He is identified as Michael Ian Bowser of Chesapeake, Va. Bowser was in possession of multiple firearms. He was arrested and is being charged for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Carry of a Concealed Weapon.

Bowser had traveled to Bedford County from Chesapeake to meet a 16-year-old Bedford County child he had met online.

Multiple search warrants were executed to seize electronic devices found in Bowser’s possession. A complete Digital Evidence Exam was conducted on the electronic devices; and on August 7th, Bowser was charged with eight felonies; five counts of Possession of Child Pornography and three counts of Solicitation of a Minor to Produce Child Pornography.

Bowser was held with no bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.