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Nuke expert at Kirtland accused of raping 4-year-old girl

Adam Lowther (Source: Metropolitan Detention Center)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The director of the Air Force’s School for Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies on Kirtland Air Force Base has been charged in the rape of a 4-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

Adam Lowther, 41, was arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 and two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he remained Saturday.

According to a motion for pretrial detention filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court, the victim told a teacher about the abuse soon after the incident occurred.

The sheriff’s office responded after being asked for assistance by state investigators.

A forensic interview and physical exam revealed evidence of abuse, the sheriff’s office said.

James Fisher, a spokesman for Kirtland Air Force Base, confirmed the arrest and Lowther’s identity.

Fisher said Lowther, a civilian, did not live on base. Fisher did not know where the alleged abuse occurred.

Military law enforcement and the investigative agencies on base are working with outside law enforcement, Fisher said.

According to Lowther’s LinkedIn profile, he has a doctorate in international relations from the University of Alabama.

Lowther has been the school’s director since its inception in 2015.

Lowther is due in court Tuesday.