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Sex offender caught with child porn, police allege

January 3, 2013 |  5:55 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

Burbank police arrested a 69-year-old convicted sex offender on suspicion of possessing child pornography Wednesday after allegedly finding images of underage girls in his car during a traffic stop.

The man -- Donald Cowan of Moreno Valley -- was stopped in the 1900 block of North Ontario Street, near Providencia Elementary School, for allegedly not wearing his seatbelt, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

Cowan allegedly told officers that he did not have his driver’s license but was a registered sex offender.

During a search of his car, officers allegedly found clothing for young girls and 19 digital photos of underage girls “involved in sexual acts,” Ryburn said.

Riverside County Superior Court records show that Cowan was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2007.

Cowan was described by police as white with short brown hair and blue eyes, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and as weighing 115 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeved denim shirt and blue jeans at the time of his arrest, according to police.

He was driving a 2000 gold Toyota Camry.

Cowan was being held in lieu of $380,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Burbank police asked that anyone who may recognize the Cowan’s vehicle or have any other information call Det. Jeff Lamoureaux at (818) 238-3246.

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-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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