Trial date for Fleming, Ohio couple now set for April

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FLEMING, Ohio (WTAP) - Update: 2/12/2018 11:45 A.M.

Trial is now set for April 4, for a Nathaniel Dowler and Jennifer Blosser, charged with sex crimes and child endangerment

A charge of importuning against Dowler, dropped last August, was reinstated when the couple was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury.

Update: 08/02/2017 6:15 P.M.

Nathaniel Dowler appeared in Marietta Municipal Court for his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

His charge of importuning was dropped and his bond was reduced to $25,000.

He is still charged with pandering obscenities involving a minor and child endangerment.

Dowler was arrested Thursday after the Washington County Sheriff's Department received two green notebooks, containing handwritten stories addressed between Dowler and his wife.

The stories mentioned having a sexual relationship with their infant son, who is now 16 months old.

"We are treating some of the evidence and that is some of the evidence that won't be provided at this time, as child pornography. There are rules set forth that cannot be given in discovery and there are special accommodations that will have to be given so the defense can view those materials," says Joseph Derkin Prosecuting Attorney, Washington County.

Dowler's case now moves on to the Washington County Common Pleas Grand Jury.

A Fleming, Ohio couple is charged with child endangerment and sex crimes, after they admitted to police they wrote notes about sexual relationships with their infant son.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Nathaniel K. Dowler, 25, of 1414 Anderson Road, Fleming, OH, and his child's mother, Jennifer A. Blosser, 25, who lived in the same home.

Deputies say in May, 2017, they got information from Traci Widener that, after Dowler and Blosser and their 16-month-old son had recently moved out of Widener's home, Widener found green notebooks the couple left behind in the bedroom they had used, and read what was written in them.

Widner gave investigators the notebooks, which contained handwritten stories, dated from November, 2015 through February, 2016, about Dowler and Blosser having a sexual relationship with their infant son, who is now 16 months old.

Police say some of the notes also referred to the couple introducing their then-unborn son to "The Lifestyle."

Washington County investigators, with help from Parkersburg Police and Wood County Child Protective Services, found Dowler and Blosser at a home on 13th Street in Parkersburg, and interviewed them. They both admitted to knowing about the green notebooks and writing in them, with Dowler telling investigators, "It's just a way to write down my thoughts, ones I can’t talk about."

Nathaniel K. Dowler was arrested and charged with pandering obscenities involving a minor, 2nd degree felony, importuning, 3rd degree felony and child endangerment, 1st degree misdemeanor.

Jennifer A. Blosser was arrested and charged with child endangerment, a 1st degree misdemeanor.

They were both arraigned Thursday in Marietta Municipal Court.

Dowler remains in the Washington County Jail on $51,000 bond.

Blosser remains in the Washington County Jail on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond, with orders to have no contact with any juveniles.

Dowler and Blosser will each have preliminary hearings on August 2nd, in Marietta Municipal Court.

The couple's son is now in the custody of Ohio Child Protective Services.

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