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Former Tulsa Zoo train conductor pleads guilty to child sex abuse, child pornography charges

TULSA, Okla. – A former employee at the Tulsa Zoo will spend three decades in prison after pleading guilty to several charges.

On Dec. 9, authorities say 65-year-old Kim Bowman was arrested on complaints of possession of child pornography after officers served a warrant at Bowman’s home.

Investigators say Bowman had more than 100 pornographic images of children on electronic devices in his home.

Officials say Bowman was a part-time train conductor at the Tulsa Zoo.

Zoo officials say that when Bowman was hired in 2015, he passed all background checks. After learning about the allegations, the Tulsa Zoo suspended Bowman immediately.

However, officers soon learned that there was much more to the case than just pornography.

Bowman was charged with child sex abuse after he admitted to having sexual contact with a young child. Authorities learned that the victim, who was about 8 or 9-years-old, was someone he met outside of the zoo.

On Nov. 16, Bowman pleaded guilty to one count each of child sexual abuse against a person under 12, aggravated possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

A judge imposed two 30-year sentences, and one 20-year sentence for the charges. However, the sentences will run concurrently, according to the Tulsa World.