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Guard charged in indecent assault waives hearing

March 30, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A suspended Franklin County Sheriff's Office security guard charged with indecent assault against a girl waived his preliminary hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway.

Nasby Ellsworth Bowen, 66, of 3306 Etter Road, is also charged with corruption of a minor in the incidents, which Pennsylvania State Police said happened at Bowen's home about 12 to 15 times between 2000 and 2004. Police filed the charges in February.

Bowen is the second county security guard charged with a sexual crime involving a child. In January, Raymond Rotz, 67, of Chambersburg was charged with indecent assault in a case involving a 3-year-old boy.

Rotz entered a not guilty plea in Franklin County Court last week, and his case is scheduled for the May trial term. Sheriff Robert Wollyung said both men were suspended without pay when they were charged.

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A Children and Youth caseworker brought the incidents involving Bowen to the attention of police, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The girl told police she was about 7 years old when Bowen began having her play a game he called "torture chamber," police said.

She told police he would tie her to a cot or bed by her ankles and wrists and blindfold her, the affidavit stated. Bowen would then rub her stomach and arms, police said.

Bowen's wife was later interviewed and she said she allowed Bowen to do the same thing to her once a year, police said.

Bowen's mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court is scheduled for May 9, Alloway said.

Both of the charges against Bowen are first-degree misdemeanors, which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

As part-time security guards, Bowen and Rotz operated metal detectors inside the entrances of county buildings.

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