Oswego Child Sex Abuse Suspect Apprehended in Japan
Aug 31, 2016 10:19PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori
Alexander Bowers (Photo provided by the Oswego Police Department)
A 28-year-old former Oswego man was apprehended in Japan before being handed over to Kendall County authorities Wednesday on aggravated sexual assault charges, Oswego Police said.
Alexander Bowers, 28, is accused of having ongoing sexual contact with a boy at an Oswego home for a span of four years, starting in 2008 when the victim was 9 and Bowers was 20, Oswego Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara said.
Bowers, charged with six felonies, was arrested at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport after arriving on a flight from Tokyo, Nevara said.
Police said the boy’s parents brought the allegations to Oswego Police after learning of the alleged abuse in March 2016.
Detectives investigating the allegations determined that Bowers had initially relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. On Aug. 23, police learned that Bowers had left the United States for Japan, and was attempting to travel to Australia, Nevara said.
Oswego Detectives notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security, who in turn notified Australian authorities of the investigation. Australian authorities revoked Bowers’ travel visa the same day, police said.
On Aug. 24, a Kendall County judge issued a warrant for Bowers’ arrest. INTERPOL was notified of the warrant, and Bowers was detained Tuesday by Japanese authorities, who made arrangements to have him returned to the U.S.
Nevara couldn’t say whether Bowers had fled the U.S. in an attempt to evade authorities.
Bowers was taken into custody by Oswego detectives, who were waiting for him at O’Hare on Wednesday, police said.
Bowers was booked at the Oswego Police Department and transported to the Kendall County jail.
Bowers is charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to police. His bond is set at $1 million.
Oswego Police said Bowers’ apprehension was a joint effort of Oswego Police, Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, as well as Japanese and Australian authorities.