Former BPD Officer Formally Indicted On Child Porn Charges

A former BPD officer has been formally indicted on child pornography charges.

Christopher Bowersox, was arrested on charges of receipt or distribution of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of one or more matters containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Court papers describe Internet discussions late last year involving Bowersox and a Florida man that reference raping, mutilating and killing children.

"You will see the likes of Dahmer when I'm done with you," Bowersox tells the man in one of the excerpts. Jeffrey Dahmer is a notorious serial killer and sex offender. Most of the conversations are too graphic to publish.

The conversations occurred between Sept. 6 and Sept. 14, 2009. Investigators also found images of child pornography on computers seized at Bowersox's Bakersfield home, according to the affidavit.

The images include pictures of young boys involved in sex acts.

Bowersox was discovered by investigators through subpoenaed Yahoo messenger accounts. A search warrant of Bowersox's home was issued after the Internet conversations were discovered.

Detectives said they found a folder on Bowersox's backup containing 30 images; one of the images depicted two young boys with one orally copulating the other.

Detectives said they found approximately 550 images on Bowersox's backup that contained numerous images of young children engaging in sexual acts with each other, animals and even infants.

Detectives said they also found a folder containing approximately 5,809 files that showed a nude preteen male masturbating.

Detectives said the pictures appeared to be individual frames from a digital video. They were able to assemble the copies of the images into a video and said it was approximately 22 minutes and 34 seconds in length.

In one of the backup files, detectives said they found a picture of Bowersox holding an infant CPR doll.

Detectives said they found five digital images in a folder that appeared to be surveillance photographs of students on the Bakersfield High School campus.

Though during an interview the detectives had with Bowersox, he said he did not recall taking pictures of students at BHS.

Bowersox shared the home with his partner, who has not been implicated in the case.

Bowersox told police investigators that he shared fantasies with others via Internet chat, according to documents.

Bowersox reluctantly described the fantasies as things between men and boys and violence between men and boys.

He acknowledges the online conversations were all fantasy and he had never carried out any of the actions.

Bowersox will be in federal court in Fresno Friday, where he will be arraigned on the charges.

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