Prince George’s County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Sex Trafficking of a Minor

May 9, 2019

Previously Convicted Sex Offender Paid a 14-Year-Old Girl for Sex, and Produced a Video of the Victim Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

Rody L. Bowden, age 40, of Prince George’s County, pleaded guilty on May 7, 2019, to the federal charge of sex trafficking of a minor.  Bowden was a registered sex offender at the time of the offense.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“This is an egregious case because the defendant was already a twice-convicted sex offender and his victim was a 14- year old child,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  “This prosecution sends a powerful message that sex trafficking of children will not be tolerated in Maryland.  Rody Bowden is now facing at least 20 years in federal prison, where there are no suspended sentences and no parole – ever”

According to Bowden’s plea agreement, in late 2016 and early 2017, Bowden engaged in commercial sex acts with a 14-year-old ninth-grade student, including in Anne Arundel County motel rooms.  On January 4, 2017, Bowden recorded a video of the victim engaged in oral sex with him.  The next day, Bowden created an account on a streaming pornographic website and uploaded the video to his account, where it could be viewed by all of Bowden’s followers on the site.  On September 4, 2017, Bowden e-mailed a copy of the video to another account that he controlled.

Bowden was previously required to register as a sex offender, stemming from two convictions for third-degree sex offenses in Prince George’s County and Charles County.  Bowden has been detained since his arrest.

Bowden and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Bowden will be sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for July 30, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.

This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders.  Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members.  For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit

Report suspected instances of human trafficking to HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423) or by completing its online tip form.  Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended HSI for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers, who is prosecuting the case.

8 Responses to Prince George’s County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Sex Trafficking of a Minor

  1. Chris on May 9, 2019 at 8:35 am

    If he’s a criminal, then why not post his picture?

  2. Pat each other on the back on May 9, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Why blame the sicko for being twice convicted, then let go AGAIN to do the third violation?




    • Fed-Up on May 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

      This state sucks in so many ways. Stupid voters and self serving public officials have destroyed this and other states. The typical democrat playbook of decisive race baiting, gender identity, illegal immigration along with other groups they publicly support. Yet enjoy their high rent district neighborhoods and lavish parties and lifestyle.

  3. Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 10:34 am

    “Bowden will be sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in federal prison.” It should be life without parole. The judges have given him 2 extra opportunities to create more victims and ruin more lives with their weak sentences. One day people will realize these POS predators can’t be cured or rehabilitated and lethal injection is the only way to protect the public from these turds.

  4. 2bless on May 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Lock him up forever. Does he really know how much mental damage his victim endure will be with that victim for the rest of him/her life? I really hope you don’t have kids. If so, the sins of the parents fall upon the children. Karma is coming you low down dog. Why didn’t you just dig a hole into the ground and relieve yourself there???? Burn in hell you sob.

  5. Jane Doe on May 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    The girl is a prostitute who lies about her age on a adult websites. My sons girlfriend knows her. She has been doing this for a long time.There are multiple men who were lured by this person then victim bills the government for damages.

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

      And his previous convictions? Were they prostitutes that lied about their age too? This guy should be strung up by his privates. Lastly, why are you blaming a child for outsmarting adults?

    • Dosmom on May 14, 2019 at 8:57 am

      It does NOT matter that this CHILD is a prostitute. She is a child you idiot. If she IS a prostitute as you say, why are you allowing your son to associate with anyone who associates with her? How exactly does a “victim” of a prostitute (AKA a trick or a john) get damaged and bill the government? I MOST jurisdictions THEY would be a criminal.