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Sheriff: Man admits to videotaping himself molesting boy

Polk County authorities say Addison Bowling admitted to videotaping himself as he sexually assaulted a boy.
Polk County authorities say Addison Bowling admitted to videotaping himself as he sexually assaulted a boy.
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Updated: 11/21/2013 5:20 pm
POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- Polk County sheriff's detectives investigating a child pornography case said a 15-year-old Lake Wales boy admitted to taping himself having sex with another young boy.

When authorities first approached Addison Bowling at his school to ask about the child porn, they said he told them he didn't have to talk.

But when they asked about his social media accounts, Bowling said he knew why they were there and detectives said he admitted to everything.

Investigators said Bowling confessed to repeatedly raping a boy since the boy was 9 years old and admitted to recording it on his iPhone so he could watch it.

But detectives said the teenager didn't stop there and traded the videos online through his Gmail account, and the images made their way all over the Internet before they surfaced in Canada.

"We don't know where all it went but we know during his confession he admitted he exchanged it with other people in exchange for other child porn clips," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Judd said his detectives started the investigation after police in London, Ontario, contacted his office with information that one of their suspects had child porn images on his computer that were originally generated from what they determined was Bowling's Gmail address.

"When children have adult devices, and that's what they are, and parents don't monitor them, they're going to get in adult trouble," said Judd.

Bowling is facing sexual battery charges.

Judd said Bowling is the youngest suspect he's investigated for trading child porn.
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