Robert Ferguson – Repeat Sex Offender – 15 years to Life

Ferguson has three previous convictions, first in 1980 when he was convicted of forcible sexual abuse with a child, and the same conviction in 1983. In 1987, Ferguson was convicted of sexual abuse of a child and sent to prison. He was released in 2000 and off parole by 2002, according to the Utah Department of Corrections.


The possibility of life in prison is tragic, but the risk to the community is just too great to allow a three-time convicted felon to go back on the streets, a prosecutor said Thursday.

“There is just no getting around that this defendant represents a significant risk to the community, a risk to all children whenever he is released,” prosecutor Donna Kelly said.

Robert Ferguson, 40, had nothing to say to 4th District Judge James Taylor Thursday before he was sentenced to 15 years to life for aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

Ferguson was arrested Feb. 25, 2008, in Alpine after a mother called police to say that her young daughter had allegedly been touched by a man the mother believed was Ferguson. The mother had been working at the Alpine Arts Center and was packing up the car to leave while two of her three young children played in the nearby room and hallway.

Ferguson, who was a janitor at the building, cornered the 5-year-old girl and stuck his hands down her pants, Kelly said.

When he left, the girl ran to her mom and told her about the touching and described a bigger man with glasses. The mother knew Ferguson worked in the building and told police. Kelly said Ferguson later confessed to police.

The girl, now 6, testified at a trial in January and was not negatively impacted by the experience, the prosecutor said.

“The little girl … is doing fairly well,” she said. “She’s in counseling. However, her mother is in agreement with the recommendation of AP&P and asks the court to follow that.”

The recommendation is based on state statute, which mandates that this first-degree felony have a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

However, if Taylor believed there were mitigating factors, he could reduce the sentence to either six years or 10 years to life.

“This kind of sentence is always a sad thing to have to impose,” Taylor said. “There’s just not a basis to find any reason to (change) the sentence.”

Ferguson was immediately sent to the Utah State Prison where he will begin his sentence.

Defense attorney Lisa Estrada said they will be appealing the case because of some concerns at trial.

Ferguson has three previous convictions, first in 1980 when he was convicted of forcible sexual abuse with a child, and the same conviction in 1983. In 1987, Ferguson was convicted of sexual abuse of a child and sent to prison. He was released in 2000 and off parole by 2002, according to the Utah Department of Corrections.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Joseph Bowman – Repeat Sex Offender – Refuses to restrain himself


A convicted sexual offender who was on probation for public indecency is in trouble again.

Joseph Bowman, 29, of Lancaster is slated to go to trial April 17 for one count of public indecency after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

He is accused of exposing himself to a group of teachers and students Tuesday as they were leaving Aha! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children’s Museum in Lancaster.

Bowman is in Fairfield County Jail on a $5,000 recognizance bond. This is the second time in a year that Bowman has been arrested on charges of public indecency.

Three teachers from Forest Rose School in Lancaster said Bowman exposed himself while standing in the second floor window of his home Tuesday, according to the Lancaster Police report.

Bowman’s home and the children’s museum are both located in the 300 block of South Broad Street in Lancaster.

Lancaster Police Lt. Greg Seesholtz was one of several police officials to arrive on scene after the call came in around 11:37 a.m. Tuesday. He said he’s unsure if any of the children witnessed Bowman’s alleged actions.

“They were loading the kids onto the buses and left the scene quickly,” Seesholtz said. “We had to bring one of the witnesses back (on scene) later to identify the suspect.”

Police officials remained on scene for almost two hours Tuesday before Bowman exited his home at 1:03 p.m. and was arrested, according to the report. Police officials confiscated several DVDs and photos of nude women from the home.

Kimberly Murray, executive director of the children’s museum, declined to comment about Tuesday’s incident.

Forest Rose Superintendent John Pekar said the students were at the museum Tuesday for a field trip.

“From what I understand, the teachers did a good job taking care of the situation and making sure the police were notified,” Pekar said. “I’m sure if some of the students did see what happened, they didn’t know exactly what was going on, but still, that’s something they don’t need to see.”

Bowman is one of two convicted sex offenders to live in the 300 block of South Broad Street. He was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Bowman already was on probation Tuesday for similar charges stemming from an arrest on March 19, 2008.

He was arrested on a public indecency charge after five witnesses reported seeing him expose himself in the window of another home on South Broad Street.

One witness reported that pornography playing on the television also was visible through the window, according to the Lancaster Police report.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte