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Video leads to charge of child porn


Calif. resident indicted for allegedly molesting, filming sex acts with 3-year-old girl

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

HARRISONBURG -- A California man was indicted in U.S. District Court this week for allegedly molesting a pre-schooler and filming the acts in a Frederick County home.

John Stuart Dowell, 45, of Santa Cruz, Calif., was indicted Wednesday on a count of sexual exploitation of children, according to online court records.

Dowell's sister turned him in, according to an affidavit submitted for an arrest warrant for production of child pornography. She turned in a video to the FBI's Jacksonville, Fla.,

field office on Oct. 19, according to the affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Harvey E. Barlow.

The video included Dowell and a girl, who was then 3 and is related to him, the affidavit says.

"The video appeared to be a series of different scenarios or videos, each scenario noted by a 'sessions' or 'video' number which appeared on the video," it says.

Besides filming the child's genitals, the video showed Dowell performing oral sex on her, fondling her and asking her to touch and kiss his exposed penis, the affidavit says.

Barlow spoke with a Department of Homeland Security Investigation's Cyber Crime Center supervisor, Matt Dunn, on Oct. 21, according to the affidavit. Dunn said that his office was investigating a child pornography video downloaded in August in Denmark, and was preparing a nationwide search for the man in the video.

That man was Dowell, and the video sounded similar to the one the FBI in Jacksonville received, Barlow says in the affidavit.

Barlow accompanied agents from the Northern Virginia-District of Columbia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to the home in Frederick County where Dowell is alleged to have assaulted the girl. There, relatives identified the child and Dowell, the affidavit says, and showed agents rooms featured in the video and clothes worn by the girl.

Dowell stayed at the home several times between last fall and this summer, the affidavit says.

It says the video from Homeland Security Investigation's Cyber Crime Center had some of the same scenes as the video turned into the FBI, plus additional sexual assaults on the child.
The assaults were available to watch on the Internet, the affidavit says.

Dowell is being held without bond, according to court records.






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