A Dexter man already facing at least 17 years in state prison for a sex-abuse conviction saw that minimum punishment jump to 23 years on Thursday, when he was sentenced in U.S. District Court on child pornography possession charges.
Joseph M. Bowman, 34, also was ordered by Judge David N. Hurd to be under supervision for the rest of his life after pleading guilty in June to a three-count indictment alleging that he possessed numerous images depicting child pornography on his computer on July 25, 2010.
His federal court sentencing had been on hold as he challenged allegations in Jefferson County Court that he repeatedly sexually abused a girl from October 2009 to June 2010, starting when she was 7. He took the matter to trial and was convicted March 8 of predatory sexual assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was sentenced in that case May 24 to 17 years to life in state prison. His federal sentence pronounced Thursday will run concurrently with his state sentence. He will serve the sentence in the state correctional system instead of the federal system, according to court documents.
He is appealing his state conviction.