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Facebook 'friend' lands Tamaqua man in jail on sexual assault charges

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jarrod Bowman, 26, of Tamaqua (center) is escorted to his arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs (left) and Criminal Investigator Henry Woods. Bowman was charged in connection…
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jarrod Bowman, 26, of Tamaqua (center) is escorted to his arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs (left) and Criminal Investigator Henry Woods. Bowman was charged in connection with an alleged sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl.
Published February 21. 2013 05:02PM

A Facebook relationship landed a 26 year old Tamaqua man in jail after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a minor he friended on the social media site.

Jarrod A. Bowman of Railroad Street, Tamaqua, was arraigned Wednesday morning before District Judge Stephen Bayer on felony charges of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor.

The case was brought to the attention of police on Feb. 14 after Cpl. Henry Woods was contacted by the alleged 14 year old female victim's mother. According to the victim's statement, she met Bowman through Facebook in October of 2012. They became "friends" and corresponded often online. She noted she did tell Bowman she was 14.

On Feb. 2, the two met in person after she sneaked out of her home and was taken to Bowman's apartment, where they had sex. A few days later, Bowman picked her up after school and they went to the apartment again and had sex.

When interviewed, Bowman admitted having sex with the girl, but claimed he couldn't remember if she ever told him she was only 14.

Bayer set bail at $50,000. Unable to post the required ten percent, Bowman was remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville. His preliminary hearing is set for March 5.

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