San Antonio, Texas, September 1, 2016: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 175th District Court sentenced Darrel Keith Bowser, age 49, to 99 years in prison without the possibility of parole and assessed the maximum fine of $10,000.00. On Wednesday, jurors took 30 minutes to find Bowser guilty of one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.
In 2012, the victim made an outcry to a family friend that Bowser had sexually assaulted her in the past. The victim also told a Bexar County forensic interviewer at ChildSafe that Bowser had been inappropriately touching her since she was six years old. San Antonio police detectives handled the investigation and submitted the case to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
During the trial the victim, now 17 years old, told jurors about the abuse she endured by Bowser.
Bowser took the stand in his own defense, denying the allegations against him. During cross-examination the defendant admitted to his extensive prior criminal history, which includes aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation, and numerous drug and assault charges. Additionally, the defendant had previously served time in federal prison for a drug charge.
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison without the possibility of parole and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Karl Alexander and Helen Stowe from the Child Abuse Unit prosecuted the case against Bowser in the 175th District Court.