Man sentenced to 15 years after officers seize thousands of child porn images

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Melfa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after authorities acquired more than one million digital files, tens of thousands that depicted child pornography. 

56-year-old John M. Bowen had tens of thousands of digital images and videos of children that he had accumulated and downloaded over a decade.

Authorities say the files included depictions of sexual abuse to children of all ages, bestiality, and sadistic conduct.

Investigators recovered several electronic devices that contained at least 1.7 million digital files, as well as a handcrafted child-sized doll with adult-sized vaginal insert from Bowen's home.

Officials believe Bowen accumulated these images and depictions over nearly a decade.

This verdict adds to his previous prison sentence for aggravated battery and indecent liberties with a minor in 2001. 

Bowen is also sentenced to a lifetime of supervision once he is released. 

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