Previously Convicted Sex Offender Paid a 14-Year-Old Girl for Sex, and Produced a Video of the Victim Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct
News Release, U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland – Rody L. Bowden, age 40, of Prince George’s County, Maryland, pleaded guilty on May 7, 2019, to the federal charge of sex trafficking of a minor. Bowden was a registered sex offender at the time of the offense.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“This is an egregious case because the defendant was already a twice-convicted sex offender and his victim was a 14- year old child,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “This prosecution sends a powerful message that sex trafficking of children will not be tolerated in Maryland. Rody Bowden is now facing at least 20 years in federal prison, where there are no suspended sentences and no parole – ever”
According to Bowden’s plea agreement, in late 2016 and early 2017, Bowden engaged in commercial sex acts with a 14-year-old ninth-grade student, including in Anne Arundel County motel rooms. On January 4, 2017, Bowden recorded a video of the victim engaged in oral sex with him. The next day, Bowden created an account on a streaming pornographic website and uploaded the video to his account, where it could be viewed by all of Bowden’s followers on the site. On September 4, 2017, Bowdene-mailed a copy of the video to another account that he controlled.
Bowden was previously required to register as a sex offender, stemming from two convictions for third-degree sex offenses in Prince George’s County and Charles County. Bowden has been detained since his arrest.
Bowden and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Bowden will be sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for July 30, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.
This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.
Report suspected instances of human trafficking to HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended HSI for its work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers, who is prosecuting the case.