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Woman indicted for alleged child molestation at shelter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman has been indicted for her alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl while both were staying at a local domestic violence shelter.

A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted last week Shannon Noelle Bowles -- 22 years old at the time of the incident -- on one count of child molestation. The indictment charges Bowles with "kissing (a 14-year-old girl) with an open mouth and leaving 'hickies' on (her) neck."

Bowles allegedly took advantage of the girl in January, when both were staying at a local domestic violence shelter.

According to a Gwinnett County police report dated Jan. 28, officers were called to the shelter after the young girl called a counseling hotline and said "she was upset because her friend Shannon Bowles was avoiding her." The girl ultimately told the hotline operator that she and Bowles were in a relationship.

The police were called.

The young alleged victim at first told an officer that she and Bowles were just friends, but eventually said the pair was in a sexual relationship. A female detective spoke with the girl to gather more details before Bowles was arrested without incident, the report said.

The Daily Post does not identify alleged victims of sexual crimes.

Gwinnett County jail records show Bowles was arrested Jan. 28 before being released three days later on $11,200 bond.

The kissing and hickies listed in Bowles' indictment were the only specific sexual acts listed in documents obtained by the Daily Post. By definition, child molestation occurs in the state of Georgia when a suspect "does any immoral or indecent act to or in the presence of or with any child under the age of 16 years with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the person."