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Princeton fugitive apprehended in Florida

PRINCETON, W.Va. -- A former Princeton Senior High School counselor who fled before sentencing on federal child pornography and trafficking charges has been arrested in Florida.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. M.D. Clemons tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph ( ) that 33-year-old Brett David Bowyer of Princeton was arrested after being stopped for a traffic violation Wednesday evening in Brevard County, Fla.

"The trooper happened to have a portable fingerprint scanner and ran him right there on the side of the road," Clemons said. "He came back wanted."

Bowyer pleaded guilty in October 2011 to child pornography and trafficking charges. He admitted possessing more than more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download, receive and transmit child pornography.

Bowyer was facing up to 10 years in prison and fine of up to $250,000 when he failed to appear for a sentencing hearing in May 2012. The television show "America's Most Wanted" featured Bowyer the following September, and he was also included on the show's website.

Clemons says federal marshals will return Bowyer to West Virginia after state charges in Florida are resolved.

Melvin Smith, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office, said it is likely that Bowyer will face additional federal charges for failing to appear for sentencing.


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