Man accused of asking girl, 11, to raise shirt

A Grand Junction man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child without force after allegedly telling an 11-year-old girl he would pay her money to flash her chest, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Anthony Bowling, 52, 2895 Pinyon Ave. No. 2, on Monday had bailed out on a $10,000 bond from Mesa County Jail after being arrested Sunday on a warrant.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl worked for Bowling taking out trash and vacuuming his home to make some money for Christmas, when Bowling offered to give her money for pulling up her shirt in lieu of chores during a Nov. 14 incident.

The girl told investigators at the Western Slope Center for Children about the incident after she was brought to the center a few days later by her mother, the affidavit said.

The girl told police that she refused Bowling’s offer and told him that “she would rather work for the money.”

“... After that he said, ‘You’ll be taking care of me and you’ll be getting your Christmas money at the same time,’” the girl told investigators Bowling had said.

Bowling interviewed twice with deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, the second time taking a polygraph test, which he failed, the affidavit said.

Bowling initially told investigators the girl was lying and later said he didn’t specifically remember what he told her. He then said he asked to see her breasts as a joke.

When asked whether he had been attracted to someone who was too young for him, Bowling admitted to thinking about singer Taylor Swift as a sex symbol.

Bowling told investigators that he wasn’t attracted to the girl, but rather that he cared for her, the affidavit said.


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