Ad
Ad

Pro-golfer busted trying to meet minor girl years after masturbating in hotel window while watching kids: Reports

A one-time pro-golfer from Canada was arrested in Florida on Thursday while meeting who he thought was an underage girl.

Orlando police said Daniel Bowling, 26, met a decoy who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. According to People, Bowling started corresponding with the decoy last month via AdChat, and the messages became sexual in nature within 24 hours.

Bowling was arrested without incident and charged with obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor, and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation.

Thursday’s incident was apparently not Bowling’s first run-in with the law.

According to the Daily Mail, the Bowling received probation in 2018 for masturbating in front of a hotel window while watching children swim in a nearby pool. The golfer was arrested at the Osceola County, Florida, hotel after some parents saw what he was doing and alerted authorities.

While Bowling was convicted of conviction on charges of indecent exposure in front of children in that case, he accepted a plea deal that spared him from jail.

According to Yahoo Sports, Bowling has not played professional golf since 2016, when he competed in a lower-tier tournament in Canada. He has played in seven PGA Tour-affiliated events since 2012.

Booking records indicate that Bowling’s bond was set at $50,600.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode:

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most — your children.

[Featured image: Dan Bowling/Orange County jail]