Two federal criminal complaints were unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento charging Nicholas Robert Bowen (right photo), 62, of Grizzly Flat, and Wenyi Xu (left photo), 30, of Folsom with child exploitation offenses, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant filed against both defendants, Bowen and Xu came to the attention of law enforcement authorities after they were arrested in Davis on July 10, when Xu allegedly was seen approaching two boys, ages 10 and 12, and exposing herself to them. Bowen was present and filmed Xu's encounters with the boys, authorities said. Charges relating to that incident were filed in Yolo County, and subsequent investigation uncovered information that led to the federal charges.
According to federal court documents, between Jan. 1 and July 10, Bowen and Xu shared sexually explicit images of children. The complaint against Xu also alleges that, on June 22, she made sexually explicit images of her own child. The complaint against Bowen alleges that on July 10, he possessed images of child pornography.
Bowen made his initial appearance in federal court Monday. He was detained as a danger to the community and a flight risk.
Xu made her initial appearance in federal court today, and a judge ordered her to remain in custody until a detention hearing on Friday.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Davis Police Department, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against children Task Force.