Judge John Bowman Abuse Investigation Still Silent, Nearly Six Months After Allegations

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Judge John Bowman and Charles Harper
In late January, we reported allegations of past sexual abuse by Broward County Circuit Judge John Bowman. The accusations came from Charles Harper, a troubled 18-year-old whom the judge had adopted as a young child after the boy passed through his courtroom. Last we heard, Harper gave a statement to Plantation police about the alleged abuse in January, then pleaded guilty to stalking Bowman outside his home late last year.

The allegations haven't been confirmed as anything more than the stories of an angry ex-foster-child (whom Bowman deemed a "sociopath,") but they haven't been disproved either. Instead, the Plantation Police Department has been keeping an investigation open since late January.

Nearly every Monday since the initial report, New Times has contacted the Police Department to inquire about any updates on this story. Every time, the news is the same: that the investigation is still "open," that no supplements or updates have been added to the police report, and that the investigation is being handled by Plantation Police Detective Cindy Hager (who has not responded to requests for comment).

We've heard unsubstantiated rumors that a lie detector test was administered to Harper a few months back but have been unable to confirm this information. Meanwhile, Harper's lawyer advised him after the plea deal not to talk to the media. Which is sensible: Now, this is in the hands of law enforcement.

Confidentiality and discretion are certainly essential during an investigation based on past events, especially when the accusations are of such a serious nature. But something needs to see the light of day. The case has receded into the background, but the unpleasant questions it raised remain unanswered.

Clearing up this case should be a high priority for the Police Department involved and the entire Broward County court system. Bowman's name retains an unpleasant tinge of speculation among many of the lawyers who need to deal with him every day.

Ideally, the judge's name would be cleared and Plantation police would get credit for putting the matter to rest. Until then, we'll keep calling for updates.


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'Katie Batte Mw'
'Katie Batte Mw'

I don't believe this for second. Bowman is nothing short of a great person who truly cares. Knowing him personally I could never believe it. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Stefan;

The "so-called" Christians, and the Catholic organization in particular, have been raping little boys for thousands of years.  Apparently "gawd" is a kinky motherfucker - since he's omnipresent, he obviously likes to watch such disgusting behavior.

It's only been six months.   What are you looking - a miracle or divine intervention?

Feeling disrespected
Feeling disrespected

you're an ass

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Wait.   I thought it was gas, but it was another retort coming on.

You "religious folks."  Sorry I incorrectly asserted you were all child rapists.   Those who aren't are too busy fighting wars because "that guy" didn't believe in "our guy."   Or if conflict isn't your thing, then it's telling who can marry whom, who to have sex with, how to have sex, or a variety of other boorish habits.

But get pissed at me because I don't believe in your supercilious make believe friend?   Pissed because I mock your faith?   Pissed because religions have caused more turmoil than anything else in history.

Guilty.   I am that guy.

However I am willing to bet I have studied more religion than most. That's the interesting thing about atheists. We don't take it on faith.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Genius: you and Parkland Man are two sides of the same asshat coin. One stupid, one pseudo intellectual, both insufferable assholes. Have a nice evening.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

A meaningless statement remains meaningless no matter how often it's heard.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Since I hear that about a dozen times a day, kindly tell me something I don't already know.

Thankfully I don't need to find validation for my worth in the words of an anonymous troll.

Keep up the good work!

Feeling disrespected
Feeling disrespected

You know, you're just that type of "guy," aren't you?  Just paint everyone of a certain religion as "Child predator."  Again, you're an ass.  Maybe if enough people tell you something over and over, you'll finally get it.  Please feel free to respond, as this great country of ours allows you and I to do; as for myself, I wll not respond.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

Check your bylines, Chaz.

Also: Bowman may wear a robe to work, but I'm pretty sure he's not a Catholic priest.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

How rude of me.  Sorry.   Wasn't even paying attention.  No disrespected intended.

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