Man sentenced in sex offense case

February 25, 1997

A Frederick, Md., man was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in prison last week for having sexual relations with the teenage daughter of the woman with whom he was living at the time.

Keith Darnell Bowie, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sex offense. In exchange for the plea, additional charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dropped.

According to court records, the sexual contact occurred between July 1994 and June 1995.

When Bowie entered his plea last November, the victim stood up in court and proclaimed her love for him. She told him she didn't hate him for what he did, and hinted that she hoped they might get back together when she is older.

She is now 15.

On Thursday at his sentencing, Bowie apologized for his "ignorance."

Deputy State's Attorney Charles Strong told Judge John H. McDowell that Bowie has kept in touch with the victim, even when told not to.


"He's been under a court order to stay away," Strong said. But there have been letters to the victim and a bogus wedding announcement was placed in local newspapers.

McDowell originally levied an eight-year sentence but suspended four of those years.

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