The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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April 28, 2014

Court backs long sentence

PINE TOWNSHIP — An appellate court said Friday that a long prison term issued against a former Pine Township man who admitted a variety of sex crimes over a number of years against two victims should stand.

Jeffrey C. Bowser, 51, on Feb. 11, 2008, pleaded guilty to charges that included involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child pornography and aggravated indecent assault, and was sentenced Aug. 27, 2008, to 47è to 114 years in prison.

The sentence was reduced on April 18, 2013, to 39è to 84 years by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts when the parties agreed that incorrect sentencing guidelines were used.

Bowser still thought the sentence was too long and appealed to state Superior Court.

His argument included that: he is older than 50 and could spend the rest of his life in prison; he is a sex addict, has never been treated for it and cannot seek treatment because of the sentence; he has tried to self-treat while in prison by reading self-help books, participating in a Bible group and helping fellow inmates; and he has a large support system.

A three-judge panel of Superior Court said Yeatts considered all factors required of him when sentencing someone, including those favorable to Bowser, and that Bowser has expressed remorse.

Among the reasons for the sentence, Yeatts noted Bowser had a significant criminal history, including burglary convictions in five counties; that he had lost interest in all hobbies to focus on sexual deviancy; and that the victims were children.

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