ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) – An Orangeburg County man charged with two sexual assaults will face a judge on Friday after court documents allege he violated his bond and the terms of his house arrest dozens of times .
Bowen Turner, now 19, is expected to plead to one of the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
In 2018, Dallas Stoller was her senior class president, and she was a smart, outgoing teenager, says her father, Karl Stoller.
“[She was] a friend to almost everyone she met,” he says. “It was just her. She had a big heart.”
One night Dallas came home from a party drunk, distraught and covered in bruises, saying she had been sexually assaulted, her father said.
“It was obviously very upsetting and very disheartening,” he says. “And very, I like to use the word ‘tragic’ once we find out who the alleged individual was.”
The family then sued their classmate, Turner, who was 16 at the time, the Stollers say.
Public records show Turner was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Bamberg County in January 2019. Turner was released on bail but had to wear a GPS monitor. A few months later, a judge allowed him to remove it.
But less than five months after that first arrest – while still on bail – court documents show Turner has been arrested again. He was slapped with the same charge, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.
An affidavit reveals that the arrest also comes from a party; this time it was in Orangeburg County. The victim has not been named as she was underage at the time, but Chloe Bess says she was the one who was sexually assaulted by Turner in June 2019 when she was 16.
“I just remember being so petrified, like I was frozen,” she says. “Honestly, I just remember sitting there staring at the stars praying it was done, waiting for it to be over, so I could run away.”
Court documents indicate that after Turner’s second arrest, he was denied bail. A few months later, he got bail, but the judge ordered Turner to wear a GPS monitor and be placed under house arrest. He could not receive visitors and could not leave except to see his lawyer, for mental health appointments or for medical emergencies.
With Turner on bail, the months flew by. Victims and their families say they have tried to navigate the justice system while dealing with lingering trauma.
“Not a day since it happened that I didn’t wake up and think about it,” Bess says.
Trauma, gossip and stress weighed heavily on Dallas Stoller even after high school until last fall, according to his family.
“We lost our sister on November 14 and that changed everything,” says Brette Tabatabai, Dallas’ sister.
Now, nearly four years after the first alleged assault, the Bess family has left the state, the Stoller family has lost Dallas, and Turner should have been awaiting trial at home with his GPS monitor. But court documents show that was not the case.
“To me, it’s definitely just a slap in the face,” Bess says.
Turner’s GPS monitor showed he had visited dozens of different places, including 19 trips to golf courses, as well as outings to restaurants, sporting goods stores and even a car dealership, according to court documents. The GPS monitor showed him making trips to Columbia, Graniteville and even crossing state lines to Brunswick, Georgia, according to documents.
Bess, her family and the Stoller family all say more should have been done as soon as it was discovered that Turner breached the bond, as court documents say law enforcement has the power to caution him on sight if he violates his bond.
“[He has] multiple link violations,” says Darren Bess, Chloe’s father. “He was on bail when it happened to Chloe. It’s like he just keeps doing pass after pass after pass.
The victims’ attorney said Stoller’s alleged assault charge was dismissed on Thursday. It was rejected, she says, because Stoller is deceased and cannot testify – what his sister says is unacceptable.
“Where are the rights of victims? said Tabatabai. “There are no victims’ rights. It’s been 3 and a half years, where are they? And he rejects that because she’s dead.
Both families now say prosecutors approached them to offer Turner a plea deal, and Bess and her family say they are frustrated.
“It’s like when you walk into a convenience store and hold it up at gunpoint, but then you’re accused of stealing a candy bar,” Bess says.
The Stollers feel like they may never get justice for Dallas.
“I sincerely believe that there’s a good chance things would be different if things were done the way they were supposed to be, if justice was done the way it was supposed to be done,” Tabatabai says.
Turner’s attorney is South Carolina State Senator Brad Hutto. We called his law firm and his Senate office and left messages requesting an interview or a statement. We’ve also emailed him directly, but haven’t heard back as of press time.
Turner’s hearing is set for 10 a.m. at the Orangeburg County Courthouse.
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