BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A court commissioner set bond at $35,000 cash for a Colorado man who's accused of attempting to abduct a teenage girl from her home in Suamico.
Officers arrested Curtis R. Bowser, 22, near the home of the teen on Tuesday, Oct. 10, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
The teen's parent had alerted authorities that the girl had been communicating with a man from Colorado, and they had been in contact for "a significant amount of time," according to the sheriff's office.
"The parent advised that the adult male had engaged in telephone conversations with their daughter over that time and in fact sent their daughter a cell phone to use to talk to him. The contact was never in person," Chief Deputy Todd Delain said.
During a news conference Thursday, Delain said that Bowser was "grooming" the child and had convinced her to move to Colorado with him.
Local, state, and federal investigators learned Bowser was traveling from Colorado to Wisconsin to take the girl away from her parents.
Law enforcement located Bowser driving north of Madison. They followed him as he traveled to Suamico.
Bowser was taken into custody near the victim's residence, according to officials.
The next day, Bowser provided a statement to the Brown County Sheriff's Office which is detailed in a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News. He told investigators that he met the victim through a Facebook friend.
"In the past several months, we have talked about either [victim] moving to Colorado to be with me or me moving to Wisconsin to be with her," reads the criminal complaint. "I told her that if she moved to Colorado, I would support her and take care of her."
Bowser stated that the victim's parents had attempted to prevent her from contacting him. Bowser stated that he sent the girl an iPhone and agreed to pay the bill.
Bowser said he and the victim made plans for Bowser to come to Green Bay.
"I told [victim] that I would just kidnap her and bring her to Colorado with me," reads Bowser's statement. "[Victim] said she agreed with the plan and stated she would pack up her clothes and come with me."
Bowser said he didn't intend to have sex with her, but that he "could see us messing around sexually, meaning kissing, touching each other's genitals."
Bowser gave investigators consent to search his cell phone, according to the complaint. An investigator opened the phone and found a naked photo of the teen victim.
Bowser is charged in Brown County with Attempted Abduction of a Child, Child Enticement, Possession of THC, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
He's scheduled to be back in Brown County court next Thursday, Oct. 19. He's ordered not to have any contact with the girl or her family.
The sheriff's office says the investigation was a joint effort between their Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the FBI, De Pere Police, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.