A convicted sex offender accused of making inappropriate comments to three teenage girls at the Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool last summer was in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday, July 20.
Judge Gary McKenzie presided.
43 year old Timmy Eugene Bowman of Smithville pled guilty to violation of the sex offender registry and received a four year sentence to serve as a range III offender at 45% before parole eligibility. The term is to run consecutive to a sentence he is currently serving in White County. Bowman was given jail credit of 224 days served.
Bowman was originally charged with three counts of solicitation of a minor along with violation of the sex offender registry.
According to Smithville Police, officers were dispatched to the Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool in response to a complaint about a man making obscene sexual remarks to three juvenile girls. A computer check revealed that Bowman is a convicted sex offender and is not to be in the presence of children. He is on the sex offender registry.
Police said Bowman allegedly made sexual comments to three girls, a 14 year old, 13 year old, and 16 year old on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and to the same 13 year old girl on Friday, June 13 while at the pool. Bowman also allegedly asked one of the girls if she would like to see the inside of his vehicle.
44 year old Anthony Lynn Colwell pled guilty to aggravated burglary and received a TDOC sentence of eleven years at 45% before parole eligibility. The term is to run concurrently with a Warren County case against him. He was given two days of jail credit. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on July 8, 2014 Colwell allegedly broke into a residence on Man Hill Road and took several pieces of jewelry. Colwell then pawned the items at a DeKalb County jewelry store and a pawn shop in Warren County. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.
26 year old Terry Ray Barnes pled guilty by criminal information to attempted initiation of meth and received a five year sentence. He was fined $2,000. The term is to run concurrently with a Warren County case against him. He was given 255 days of jail credit. A co-defendant in the case, 32 year old Christopher Sam White pled guilty last month to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and is facing a nine year sentence but he will be furloughed to a treatment facility. If he completes the program, White will be placed on probation. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $35 to Walmart.
Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 7, 2014 a sheriff's department deputy received a call from a resident on Jefferson Road that two men had been seen in a barn and that an odd smell was coming from there. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman, apparently the owner of the barn, who said she had seen the two men and that the odor coming from the barn was making her sick. The officer asked for and received permission to search the barn and there he found the two men, Barnes and White sleeping. He also found a meth lab consisting of five plastic funnels, a Coleman cook top stove, Coleman butane fuel, digital scales, Coleman fuel, plastic tubing, a Pyrex dish, large Mason jar, 50 coffee filters, Crystal Drano, lithium batteries, ph test strips, and an electric pill grinder, a metal plate containing a white powdery substance, and a bottle containing four ounces of muriatic acid. Barnes and White were awakened and placed under arrest. A computer check revealed White had been convicted earlier that year in a separate meth case.
23 year old Nathaniel Dylan Tippens pled guilty to six counts of auto burglary and one count of theft over $500. He received two years in each auto burglary case to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the theft case for which he received one year. His total TDOC sentence is three years and he must make restitution to the victims totaling $759.75
Sheriff Ray said that Tippens allegedly broke into and stole items from two vehicles on Midway Road and four automobiles on Redman Road on Monday, November 24, 2014. Items taken in all the thefts combined include a JVC stereo, two TomTom GPS units, a Cobra radar detector, a bone handled knife and a brown sheath, a black air compressor, prescription eyeglasses, a class ring, a multi-colored handbag, an mp3 player, and a total of twenty dollars in change. The total value of the stolen goods amounts to $790. The cases were investigated by criminal detectives of the Sheriff's Department.
In the other case, Sheriff Ray said on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Tippens allegedly stole a 1997 white Ford Aspire from a residence on Redman Road and took it to a local recycling business with the intent to sell the vehicle. The attendant informed Tippens that the business could not purchase the automobile because it was reported stolen. Before leaving, Tippens told the attendant to report that the vehicle had been found. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.
39 year old Joey Williams pled guilty to simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and received a sentence of eleven months and twenty nine days suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $250. Williams may seek unsupervised probation after six months if all fines and costs are paid.