Golfer charged by police after trying to qualify for Wells Fargo Championship

Daniel Bowling was arrested and charged for obscene communication, travelling to meet an underage girl and attempted lewd and lascivious communication.

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Fri, 7 May 2021
Golfer charged by police after trying to qualify for Wells Fargo Championship

Professional golfer Daniel Bowling has been charged for a number of offences, including obscene communication, travelling to meet a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious communication.

According to PEOPLE, Bowling was arrested in Florida on Thursday for attempting to meet up with a 15-year-old girl, but it was in fact a police officer posing as a young girl.

Bowling had been speaking to who he thought was a young girl since April, but he has now been arrested and charged, described by the Orlando Police Department as "a dangerous online predator."

As reported by PEOPLE, Bowling had made first contact on the AdChat app in early April and according to reports, the police department said that the chats turned into a sexual nature within the first day and it intensified at a fast pace.



On April 26th, Bowling posted on his Instagram page a video of himself playing golf and attempting to qualify for the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina this week.

"Unfortunately, there are potentially hundreds of predators like Mr Bowling online," said Jennifer Wing from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.



"I hope news of today's arrest encourages parents to be more proactive in monitoring their children's lives online."

Unfortunately, these are not the first offences of this nature that Bowling has committed in his life. In 2018, he was handed probation after he was spotted masturbating at a hotel while watching children in a swimming pool.