ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man is indicted for multiple sex crimes against teenage girls. He's accused of having sex with at least three underage girls.
Prosecutors say the man lured the teens to his home with gifts of booze, and helped them get marijuana.
57 year old Rodger Bowen has been indicted on 23 counts. Prosecutors say for nearly four years, from 2010 to 2014, Bowen sexually abused at least three girls, as young as 13.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said he "Engaged in multiple sex acts with these teen girls. And some of which were against their will. the charges range from rape to aggravated child molestation and furnishing alcohol to minors."
According to the indictment, for four years, Bowen would lure girls to his home on 7th Avenue, giving them beer and helping them get pot, in exchange for sex.
"The normal pattern is that a molester will engage in what we call "grooming." That is giving the child gifts or doing things to make the child feel special. And to develop that relationship before the actual sex acts start," Edwards said.
Prosecutors say that the parents of one of the girls later discovered the sexual activity with Bowen, and called police. An investigation led to these charges and now an indictment. If convicted, Bowen could face life in prison.
Bowen is free on a $75,000 bond.