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Authorities: serial sex assault suspect's DNA on victim

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Federal prosecutors say DNA from serial sex assault suspect Brian Stowe was found on a 17-year old girl, who was captured on video in sex acts during a semi-conscious state.

The evidence against the 28-year old Stowe was referenced as an assistant U.S. Attorney successfully argued Tuesday Stowe should remain in jail as he's prosecuted for the federal crime of producing child pornography of the teen.

Earlier this month,  Dane County's district attorney charged Stowe with sixty-two felony charges of sexual assault, or depicting nudity without consent. Authorities say Stowe sexually assaulted and videotaped more than half a dozen unsuspecting women, most of them friends or co-workers, when they were passed out, after nights of drinking or socializing.

Stowe had been free after his mother, Sonia Stowe of Elm Grove posted $527,000 bail on the state charges. Stowe was arrested last week after the lone, federal charge was lodged.

In deciding to detain Stowe rather than free him, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker said  conviction on the federal charge carries a mandatory, fifteen year sentence, and with evidence against Stowe "robust," Crocker said "any reasonable person" would consider fleeing.

Crocker said Stowe had been leading a "dual life," earning respect and friendships as a high-tech worker at a Verona firm, while preying on unsuspecting women who trusted him.

Crocker called Stowe "unpredictable," and said Stowe's threat to the community was too great for him to be released as his case continued.

Stowe's attorney, Dennis Coffey, noted Stowe violated no bail conditions while free on state charges, and was monitored with GPS technology.

Coffey also said law enforcement seizures of Stowe's computers and other belongings began last October, and said even though Stowe knew he was under investigation, he made no attempt to run away, even traveling to southeast Asia with his mother and returning.

U.S. Attorney for Wisconsin's Western District John Voudreuil tells 27 News cases involving acts on video often hinge on identification.

Voudreuil tells 27 News the discovery of Stowe's DNA on the victim's face is "compelling evidence."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman says even though nothing has been found to show Stowe used drugs to incapacitate his victims, Altman says the unconscious condition of most of the victims indicates "...something must have been used."

 

 

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