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Hagerstown man charged with grabbing officer's genitals

August 24, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Gary Allen Bowers
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FREDERICK, Md. -- A Hagerstown man was charged last week with grabbing a male undercover police officer's genitals near a scenic overlook off Interstate 270 near Frederick, Md., a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation said.

Gary Allen Bowers, 59, of Frederick Street, was charged with one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said.

Bailey alleged the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in a wooded area near the overlook, roughly three miles south of Frederick and adjacent to the northbound lanes of I-270.

"Mr. Bowers approached this undercover officer and grabbed his genital area," Bailey alleged. "It was in an area off the beaten path."

Bailey said Bowers asked an undercover Maryland State Police trooper whether he was a "cop" before the two walked to a more secluded area of the overlook. Bowers was arrested as soon as the alleged incident occurred and was taken to the Frederick County Detention Center, where he was charged, Bailey said. He was released on his own recognizance, she said.

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The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation is made up of Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers, Bailey said.

She said the bureau periodically sends undercover officers to the overlook to monitor reports of lewd behavior.

Bowers is to appear Oct. 26 in Frederick County District Court, a court spokeswoman said.

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