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Canadian dad helps nab Springfield Township child porn suspect

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Nicholas B. Bowers (Source: FBI) Nicholas B. Bowers (Source: FBI)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A Springfield Township man is now in federal custody on child porn charges, thanks to a Canadian father and law enforcement officers.

Nicholas Bowers, 30, was arrested at his home on Jan. 14 and transferred info federal custody Wednesday.

"Attentive parents and swift law enforcement action has ensured that Mr. Bowers will not be trolling for minors on the internet," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for the Northern District of Ohio

"The Springfield Township Police Department is confident that countless children have been saved from the predatory behavior exhibited by Mr. Bowers.  This would have never been possible without the collaborative efforts of the FBI, the Toronto Police Department, and our Detective Bureau," said Sgt. Eric East, Springfield Township Police Spokesperson. 

This investigation began in Toronto, Canada on January 9, 2014.  The parent of a minor female contacted the Toronto Police Service regarding sexually explicit chats and email messages his daughter was receiving.

It was determined that the individual resided near Akron.  Chats and email exchanges continued with the Toronto Police Service portraying themselves as the minor female.

Toronto Police Service contacted the local authorities in Ohio, more specifically the Springfield Township Police Department which has jurisdiction over the area where Bowers resided.  

Springfield Township Police Department and the FBI continued the investigation resulting in a local search warrant being obtained and executed on January 14, 2014 at the location where Bowers resided.  

During the execution of this search warrant USB storage devices and CDs were among the items seized.  These specific items were labeled with file names suggesting minor ages and the words "child porn pics".
     
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