Jul. 17—EDITOR'S NOTE — The following article contains graphic depictions of child abuse and sexual assault. Discretion is advised.
Elijah Sowder, 31, New York, was charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim under twelve after he was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday by Madison County Sheriff's Office.
According to a warrant, on Dec. 23, 2020, a relative overhead a victim's conversation with another family member. That conversation led to the relative suspecting the victim had been abused.
An interview was scheduled with the juvenile at the Children Advocation Center. On Jan. 26, 2021, the victim allegedly told investigators Sowder showed them a video of child pornography then unlawfully coerced them into performing a sexual act.
The warrant states, officers believe the incident occurred sometime in 2019.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office served the complaint warrant on Sowder, and he was extradited from New York.
According to a previous Register article, Sowder was charged in Jan. 2020 with harassment (physical contact, no injury) and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.
Sowder is also registered with the National Violent Offender and Domestic Violence Registry when he was arrested on Oct. 11, 2019, for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, no visible injury).
According to a previous charge, Sowder allegedly struck a victim in the back of their head and neck while they were holding a child. Sowder admitted to the police striking the victim because the victim refused to communicate with him, which caused tension and stress.
Sowder was charged and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.
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