Toronto Parent Alerts Police to Local Child Porn Suspect

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Nicholas Bowers (Photo Credit: Cleveland Division of FBI)

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A Springfield Township man faces federal charges in connection with a child porn investigation that originated in Toronto.

Nicholas Bowers, 30, was arrested in the case.

According to the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the investigation began on Jan. 9. The parent of a minor female called Toronto police saying his daughter had received sexually explicit chats and email messages.

Police determined the person sending them lived near Akron.

The exchanges continued with the Toronto police portraying themselves as the minor female, according to the FBI. Toronto police then contacted Springfield Township police, which teamed with them on the investigation.

A search warrant was obtained and executed on Jan. 14 at Bowers’ home, and USB storage devices and CDs were seized. They were labeled with file names suggesting minor ages and the words “child porn pics,” according to the FBI.

“The Springfield Township Police Department is confident that countless children have been saved from the predatory behavior exhibited by Mr. Bowers,” said Sgt. Eric East, Springfield Township Police Spokesperson.

Bowers was arrested by Springfield Township police Jan. 14, and then on federal arrests this week.

“Attentive parents and swift law enforcement action has ensured that Mr. Bowers will not be trolling for minors on the internet,” said Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI. “This international collaborative law enforcement effort demonstrates that preying on our most precious commodity, our children, will not be tolerated.”

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