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Akron-area man taken into federal custody

Akron-area man taken into federal custody

(Cleveland) - The FBI has taken custody of a 30 year old Summit County man. Nicholas Bowers of Springfield Township is accused of conducting sexually explicit chats, and sending sexually explicit emails to a young girl in Toronto, Ontario.

The investigation began on January 9, 2014. The parent of a 12 year old girl contacted the Toronto Police Service regarding sexually explicit chats and email messages his daughter was receiving.

It was determined that the individual resided near Akron, Ohio. Chats and email exchanges continued with the Toronto Police officers portraying themselves as the minor female.

Toronto cops contacted the Springfield Township Police Department which has jurisdiction over the area where Bowers resided.

Springfield Township Police and the FBI continued the investigation resulting in a search warrant being obtained and executed at Bowers home.

FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson says, during the execution of this search warrant, USB storage devices and CDs were among the items seized, and were labeled with file names suggesting minor ages and the words “child porn pics”.

Bowers was taken into custody by the Springfield Township Police Department on January 14, 2014 and has remained in local custody until this morning when he was arrested by federal agents and transported to federal custody in Akron.

(Photo provided by the FBI)

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