Just days after being arrested for an alleged sexual assault, an aspiring actor killed himself.

Sexual Assault Charges Cause of Aspiring Actor’s Suicide

Aspiring actor Frederick Jay Bowdy, 33, from Texas killed himself in Los Angeles just days after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Bowdy broadcast the suicide on Facebook Live.

According to Sgt. Tiffany Lujbetic, Bowdy announced to his followers on Facebook that he was going to commit suicide. An out-of-state family member who was watching the feed immediately called the LAPD. According to police, Bowdy was doing the livestream from a car near Cumpston Street and Fulcher Avenue. Officers attempted to reach the actor in time, but he had killed himself before contact could be made.

Police have initially ruled Bowdy’s death a suicide, but the Los Angeles County coroner’s office will still need to rule on the cause of death.

Sexual Assault Allegations

According to police, Bowdy was arrested in Santa Clarita, CA on suspicion of sexual assault. He was released after posting $100,000 bail and had not yet been formally charged with a crime.

Bowdy worked as a teacher and coach in the Texas Fort Worth area before he moved to Southern California. He also owned a semi-professional basketball team in Fort Worth.

Bowdy graduated from the University of West Georgia and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas in Arlington.

It appears from a video posted on his Facebook page that Bowdy got into acting after injuries sidelined him from a promising basketball career. In the video he discusses the challenges he faced growing up, saying “I love doing something I feel like I can be successful at.”

Sexual assault cases should be taken seriously, but there is no need to kill yourself. The best way to build your case is to work with a criminal defense attorney.

Fighting Sexual Assault Accusations

If you have been wrongly accused of committing sexual assault, you need to treat the accusations seriously. Though they may seem ridiculous, they can have long-lasting consequences. You can lose your job, face fines, or be sent to prison. There are a number of things you need to do if you have been accused of sexual harassment or assault.

Hire an Attorney

A criminal defense attorney will be able to respond to and defend you against the allegations you are facing. You should contact one as soon as you are informed of the charges. They will be able to provide you with guidance and next steps on how to proceed.

Stay Away Accuser

Stay away from the accuser until you have a chance to legally defend yourself. Chances are there will be an evidentiary hearing where you will be able to state your side of the case. Until then, avoid the accuser so that he or she will not be able to make further accusations.
If you must be near the accuser, due to employment or child custody arrangements, try to ensure a third party is always present so that he or she can act as a witness. Additionally, try to limit communication and try to ensure that all communication is in written form – via text or email. Any communication should state the facts. Do not contact the person via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember that everything you say or write can be held against you in a court of law.

Control Emotions

Being accused of sexual assault is frustrating and angering. But you need to try to keep your emotions in line. This means being responsible about your next steps and how you protect yourself. Do not approach the accuser with attempts to defend yourself. Try to keep a calm head.

Assess Motives

Working with your attorney, try to asses any motive your accuser may have for the false allegations. Often times a jealous ex will make attempts to get back at his or her partner. If you believe the sex was consensual, were there other circumstances involved, such as alcohol or drug use that might have caused you or your accuser to become hazy about the events? A criminal defense attorney might be able to help you uncover any motive that may exist. This motive can assist a defense attorney should the case go to trial, or during the process of negotiating.

Detailed Account

If you can, provide your attorney with a detailed account of the events that led to the accusations. You should tell your lawyer everything, even details you think might not be pertinent. You never know what detail a lawyer may be able to use to help you win your case.

Witnesses

Do you have any witnesses that might have seen the interaction? Do you have an alibi? Are there character witnesses that can attest to both yours and your accuser’s potential motives?

Working with a Defense Attorney

Allegations of sexual misconduct should not be taken lightly, even if you feel your accuser has no grounds to make those allegations. That’s why it’s advised that you immediately contact a defense attorney if you are accused of a sexual crime.

Once you and your attorney have discussed the specifics of the allegations that you are facing, you will be informed about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, including the risks of conviction and punishment that you face. A defense attorney will be able to negotiate a plea deal or decide to move forward with a trial, while constantly working to ensure your best interests.

The criminal defense lawyers at Daniel Perlman Law in Los Angeles will put our experience to work for you. We believe every defendant has the right to a zealous defense. We offer free initial consultations and will usually quote a flat fee that will cover all the services necessary for your case, including trial. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, call 877-887-4541 or contact us by e-mail.

Daniel R. Perlman, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman