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FL- Man Commits Suicide In Jail, Police Say

5-12-2008 Florida:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - A Putnam County man awaiting child pornography charges committed suicide in his jail cell on May 10, police said. Matthew Phillip Bowen, 28, of East Palatka, using bed sheets, hanged himself from his cell bars Saturday afternoon. Police found his body shortly before 5 p.m.

Bowen was arrested on May 7 after the Putnam County Sheriff's Office arrived at his home with a search warrant.

An Internet investigation in Martin County identified Bowen's Internet protocol address, and Martin County police alerted the Putnam Sheriff's Office.

When police searched Bowen's home, they seized several compact discs, DVDs, computer hard drives, and two laptops.

Following Bowen's arrest, Putnam County Sheriffs asked for and received an additional 20 counts of possession of photographs depicting a sexual performance by a child after recent examination of seized evidence.

Police said that they have already discovered "several hundred" images, some of children appearing as young as 5.

Bowen was being held without bond when he was served with the additional charges. ..more.. by MSNBC

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