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Nuclear deterrence studies director arrested for child rape

J.R. Oppenheim
September 01, 2017 10:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The director of the Air Force School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies at Kirtland Air Force Base faces first-degree child sexual abuse charges, according to court documents.

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Authorities on Wednesday arrested 41-year-old Adam Lowther and charged him with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor. A criminal complaint states the victim was a young girl known to the family.

Deputies began investigating the case when a school worker noticed some unusual behavior from the girl. The criminal complaint describes a safe house interview with the young child in which she goes into graphic detail about multiple alleged sexual abuses committed by Lowther.

A spokesperson for the Kirtland public affairs office confirmed Lowther's arrest and his position on the base.

"Air Force law enforcement and investigative agencies will assist civil authorities if called upon to do so," spokesperson James Fisher said. "The case is under the jurisdiction of the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office and further requests for information should be referred to them."

Prosecutors have filed to keep Lowther in pretrial detention.

Lowther is a nationally known nuclear weapons expert and the author of five books on the subject of deterrence. He told investigators he was supposed to be re-assigned to a different location in two months.

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