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City man convicted in child porn case

Bowman said downloading files was an accident

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has been convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography, despite his insistence that the images and videos found on his computer were unintentionally downloaded.

Kensil Wayne Bowman Jr., 52, will remain out of jail on bail pending a Nov. 21 sentencing by Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron, who presided over Bowman’s one-day trial by court on Sept. 9.

Milliron filed verdicts Monday, convicting Bowman of five counts of distributing child pornography, 11 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications device.

Bowman had challenged the charges by explaining that he regularly downloads millions of music and photo/video files, as a hobbyist and designer of music packaging materials.

“In his unique business and hobby that he has, what he downloaded was not intentional,” defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey told Milliron last week as he asked the judge to clear Bowman of all charges.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones asked for convictions, maintaining that the charges were filed after agents tracked the transmission of photos and videos to Bowman’s computer.

With the use of a warrant, agents went to Bowman’s residence on the 3100 block of Oak Avenue in June 2015 and collected printed photos and seized Bowman’s computer.

Testimony during Bowman’s trial indicated that the computer’s external units contained child pornography on 116 videos, 45,416 pictures and 117 renamed files.

Both Dickey and Jones agreed that Milliron did not need to review every video and photo.

Dickey said that he and his client elected to challenge the charges through a trial-by-judge instead of a trial-by-jury because a jury would have had to review the videos and photos.

The trial-by-judge, Dick­ey said after the trial, allowed the case to focus on Bowman’s downloading practices as a defense to the criminal charges.

Milliron’s order announcing the verdicts directs Bowman, while awaiting his sentencing, to maintain weekly contact with the county parole and probation office.

The judge also ordered a pre-sentence investigation that he can use to consider Bowman’s sentence. Online court records show Bowman has no prior arrests in Blair County.

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