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Bowden gets 3 years for child pornography
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Edward Bowden, 61, of Manteca was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison on a child pornography conviction in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Michael Mulvihill ordered that he register as a sex offender along with a condition of his parole being that he not own or possess any electronic device such as a smartphone or computer.

A long-term child pornography investigation earlier this year led officers to Bowden’s residence in the 300 block of North Union Road after Lt. Tony Souza discovered that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had found a video of a female believed to be younger than eight years old.  Souza had said that the video had been reportedly uploaded in the Manteca area.

Manteca Detective Stephen Shuler initiated an investigation based on the information and was ultimately able to locate the residence where the video had been uploaded.  Officers subsequently served a search warrant on Bowden’s Union Road home.  Following his arrest Manteca police seized computers, cameras and digital storage devices.  They also located hundreds of images of child pornography during the search, Schluer said.

A thorough forensic search of the electronic equipment was conducted by the Department of Justice, he added.