DNA results lead to arrest of man on child sex charges

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As part of an investigation that began in August, 2019, recent DNA results led the Sierra Vista Police Department to arrest a local man Thursday on charges that include sexual assault, child molestation, and sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15.

David Bowser

The investigation began in August, 2019, when the Sierra Vista Police Department was called to a gas station located on Highway 92 after a juvenile female entered the store and asked the clerk to help her get away from a man who had taken her there and was still on scene in his vehicle. SVPD officers located 42-year-old David Britton Bowser inside his vehicle and noted he was displaying signs and symptoms of someone who was impaired by alcohol. It would later be determined that Bowser’s blood alcohol content was 0.245, which is more than three times the legal limit.

The juvenile disclosed that a possible sex crime had occurred, so SVPD detectives were called out to investigate. They learned that Bowser was the live-in boyfriend of the juvenile’s grandmother and that the juvenile had been spending time at her grandmother’s apartment while her parents were out of town. That’s where the crime was alleged to have occurred.

SVPD detectives collected physical evidence at the apartment as well as DNA evidence from the juvenile and Bowser, which was sent to the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab. The DPS Crime Lab recently returned the DNA results to the Sierra Vista Police Department, which enabled detectives to establish probable cause to arrest Bowser.

Bowser was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 20, and was booked into the Cochise County Jail. He has been charged with 14 criminal counts, including eight felonies. The charges include sexual assault, child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor under 15, kidnapping, child abuse, unlawfully introducing intoxicating liquors to a minor, and aggravated driving under the influence.

Anyone with information that may assist with the investigation is asked to contact SVPD Detective Paul Youman at (520) 452-7500.