Professional golfer arrested for attempting to meet with a minor, Orlando police say

Professional golfer arrested for attempting to meet with a minor, Orlando police say
Photo: Daniel Bowling

Originally published as a Orlando Sentinel article – 

“A Canadian professional golfer was arrested in Orlando on Thursday while trying to meet up with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl he met online, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Investigators said Daniel Bowling, 26, used a chat site to contact an agent pretending to be a 15-year-old girl in early April. Within a day of contacting the girl, Bowling’s chats with her became sexual and “intensified quickly,” according to an OPD release.

He was arrested Thursday by officers with OPD’s Special Enforcement Division while attempting to meet up with her.

Bowling faces nearly a dozen charges, including obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation, according to OPD. His arrest records were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

In a photo posted to Instagram last week, Bowling said he was at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Dr. Phillips for pre-qualifying rounds of the U.S. Open. Scores from the May 5 games show Bowling did not qualify, scoring a 78 and placing him in the T35 position.

According to the PGA Tour, he has played seven tour-affiliated events since 2012.

“Unfortunately, there are potentially hundreds of predators like Mr. Bowling online,” Jennifer Wing, with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said in a statement. “I hope news of today’s arrest encourages parents to be more proactive in monitoring their children’s lives online.”

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