Philadelphia Woman Who Worked With Autistic Children Sentenced for Child Pornography Offenses

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that 25-year-old Tayanna Bowman of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced this week to nine years and two months in prison, twenty years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $3,000 assessment by United States District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson for distributing child pornography to an undercover federal agent on an online file sharing platform.

In March 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography. In January 2020, while employed as a behavioral health technician at ChanceLight Autism Services [a regional childcare service provider] specializing in behavioral health support for children with autism, the defendant distributed videos and images of child pornography on the Internet using Kik Messenger. Prior to that job, Bowman worked at Cynthia’s Little Treasures Daycare in West Philadelphia as a teaching assistant.

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“This defendant chose a line of work providing care to vulnerable, autistic children, and at the same time, she participated in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children by engaging with an online community interested in such abhorrent acts,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “It is our duty to protect the most vulnerable members of society and we will continue to uphold that duty by bringing to justice anybody who preys upon minor children.”

“Bowman betrayed the trust her students and their parents placed in her. Although [this week’s] sentencing cannot repair the damage Bowman caused, it sends the message that the FBI remains committed to hunting down child predators and delivering justice to their victims,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Harrell.

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