VA official charged in sex abuse of teen volunteer

The voluntary service chief at the Marion VA has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The Marion Republican newspaper is reporting that 55 year old Douglas E. Bowers is being terminated from his job as a result of the charges – which involve a teen volunteer
at the facility.

Bowers was arrested August 22. The incident reportedly happened in the summer of 2016, when the 16 year old victim participated in the VA’s summer program.