The 24-year-old social worker told a Criminal Court jury last month that her client, Mario Bowles, raped her at knifepoint and made her wash herself, pray with him and swear on a bible not to call police.
The jury took less than 20 minutes to convict Bowles of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced by Judge Bobby Carter.
The incident occurred on Oct. 2, 2013, at Bowles’ residence in the 6100 block of Trout Valley Cove near Hickory Hill Road and East Shelby Drive.
The social worker said that when she arrived at the home, Bowles, 33, locked the door, put a hand over her mouth and put a knife to her neck.
She testified that he raped her in a back bedroom and later apologized, saying he’d been drinking and using cocaine. She sustained cuts to her hands while trying to wrest the knife from Bowles.
Bowles was picked up in August of 2014 in New York using the alias Sirius Mur.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Dru Carpenter and Cavett Ostner. Ostner is with the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.