Akron area man in federal custody after online sting

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP -- The FBI says "attentive parents and swift law enforcement" can be thanked for nabbing a man accused of sexually explicit crimes involving minors.

30-year-old Nicholas Bowers was placed in federal custody in Akron on Wednesday morning after being held by local authorities following his arrest earlier this month.

The investigation began in Toronto on Jan. 9 after the father of a minor female called authorities regarding sexually explicit chats and e-mail messages his daughter had been receiving.

Chats and e-mail exchanges continued with the Toronto Police Service portraying themselves as the minor female. Toronto Police Service contacted the local authorities in Springfield Township, which has jurisdiction over the area where Bowers resided.

Springfield Police and the FBI continued the investigation resulting in a local search warrant being obtained and executed on Jan. 14 at the location where Bowers resided.

During this investigation, USB storage devices and CDs were among the items seized. These specific items were labeled with file names suggesting minor ages and the words "child porn pics."

Bowers was arrested and has remained in local custody until Wednesday morning when he was arrested by federal arrests and transported to federal custody in Akron.

"This international collaborative law enforcement effort demonstrates that preying on our most precious commodity, our children, will not be tolerated," says Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in charge of the Cleveland Division of the FBI.


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