Director at powerful anti-abortion group arrested for online solicitation of a minor

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Director astatine almighty Texas Right to Life anti-abortion radical is fired from his occupation and arrested aft helium 'tried to put enactment with a kid online'

  • Lucas Bowen was arrested for the online solicitation of a insignificant erstwhile a sting cognition caught him
  • Bowen worked arsenic a governmental manager and treasurer for anti-abortion rights titan Texas Right to Life
  • A spokesperson for the radical said helium was terminated from his presumption connected August 3
  • The radical is 1 of the premier anti-abortion groups successful the state and is known for mounting anti-abortion goals and agendas for different states

By Joseph Michalitsianos For Dailymail.Com

Published: 05:35 BST, 26 August 2022 | Updated: 05:55 BST, 26 August 2022

A antheral who worked arsenic a governmental manager astatine 1 of Texas' biggest anti-abortion advocacy groups, Texas Right to Life, has been arrested aft being trapped by an online sting targeting pedophiles, cops say. 

Bowen allegedly 'knowingly' solicited a insignificant online 'with the intent' of engaging 'in intersexual interaction oregon intersexual intercourse oregon deviate intersexual intercourse.' 

His attempts to conscionable with the kid were really portion of an undercover constabulary sting, and determination was ne'er immoderate information to immoderate underage person, cops say.  

Authorities said Lucas 'Luke' Bowen was arrested 'on scene,' meaning they had capable grounds from his online exchanges they could apprehension him without a warrant. 

Bowen has since been fired from Texas Right to Life, which has besides begun scrubbing mentions of him from its website.  

While the erstwhile governmental manager and treasurer participated successful programs aimed astatine encouraging assemblage students to go pro-life advocates, a spokesperson for the enactment said 'he was not progressive with minors successful our younker programs.'

Bowen was charged connected August 3 with the second-degree felony, and could look up to 20 years successful prison. 

Lucas Bowen, a governmental manager for Texas Right to Life, was arrested connected charges of soliciting enactment from a insignificant online aft a sting cognition was conducted

Bowen, who is inactive seen successful seen connected the group's website successful pictures similar this, besides served arsenic a treasurer earlier helium was terminated connected August 3 pursuing his arrest

Along with serving arsenic a governmental director, Bowen gave speeches connected behalf of Texas Right to Life and participated successful younker programs

Bowen's lawyer reportedly defended his lawsuit by saying 'this probe revolves astir a fictitious alleged insignificant created by instrumentality enforcement and posted connected the Internet. There is not a existent unfortunate successful the case.'

Court records amusement that Bowen pleaded not blameworthy to the solicitation complaint connected August 16 and volition look earlier the tribunal again connected September 22. 

A spokesperson for the radical said helium was terminated from his presumption connected August 3.

Bowen was caught and charged aft a sting cognition tally by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task unit program, said Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Mike Holley.

Holly said Bowen's apprehension happened 'on the scene,' which means Bowen's actions erstwhile talking to officers posing arsenic children provided capable grounds to apprehension him without a warrant. 

ICAC calls itself a "national web of 61 coordinated task forces, representing implicit 5,400 federal, state, and section instrumentality enforcement.

Texas Right to Life is known to donate heavy to anti-abortion candidates and encourages youths to unpaid for campaigns

Bowen spoke to college-age students and encouraged them to get progressive successful campaigns for anti-abortion candidates

Bowen was a vocal higher-up astatine Texas Right to Life, giving speeches and interviews connected behalf of the enactment and besides served arsenic the organization's treasurer.

The radical is 1 of the premier anti-abortion groups successful the state and is known for mounting anti-abortion goals and agendas for different states arsenic good arsenic donating ample sums to anti-abortion candidates. 

Last year, they acceptable up a website urging radical to secretly go 'pro-life whistleblowers' and study connected suspected amerciable abortions they could past writer over. -

The pro-life outfit is known to tally 'boot camps' for budding anti-abortion activists, and Bowen was reported to person been progressive successful these. 

A now-deleted property merchandise from 2018 says Bowen spoke to college-age students and encouraged them to get progressive successful campaigns for anti-abortion candidates. 

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