LOGAN — A former U.S. Marine Corps recruiter has been sentenced to six-months in jail for having sex with a teenage enlistee and texting her inappropriate photos.
Vance Bowman appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning.
State attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court, Bowmen met the 17-year-old victim at the U.S. Marine Recruiting office in Logan, where he was employed at the time. He reportedly groomed the victim while teaching a weekly physical fitness course and later manipulated her through social media. He was arrested after allegedly coercing her to perform sex acts on him at the recruiting office and texting photos of his privates to her.
The crimes reportedly occurred in July 2015.
In January, Bowman pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct, a third-degree felony and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a class A misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, state prosecutors dropped eight additional charges against him.
During Monday’s sentencing, Bowman said he had done things that unfortunately he could not take back. He apologized to the victim and her family and admitted to being addicted to pornography. He explained that his addiction led him to objectifying people.
Defense attorney Craig Chlarson said Bowman had been dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corp. He explained that his client had made a poor decision that was exacerbated by his addiction to pornography.
Judge Thomas Willmore said if it wasn’t for the fact that Bowman had already begun seeking psycho-sexual therapy, he would have sent him to prison. He ordered him to be taken into custody immediately, to begin serving his six-month sentence. He also ordered him to have no access to pornography and no contact with minors, when he is released and on probation.
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