Marine lured 14-year-old girl onto Twentynine Palms base for sex, authorities say

The Twentynine Palms Marine combat training base.
(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested on suspicion of statutory rape last week after luring a 14-year-old girl to the base in the high desert, authorities say.

Donovan Bowin, 20, is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail, jail records state.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center on Tuesday afternoon and found the 14-year-old girl, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.


Authorities said they discovered that Bowin had been communicating with the girl on social media, paid for a ride-hailing service to transport her from Fontana and helped her enter the base illegally. After searching Bowin’s barracks room and collecting evidence, deputies took him into custody.

Bowin was due in court Monday afternoon to be arraigned on a felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, according to court records.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175.