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Breaking – Famous Chillicothe Bowler Found Guilty of Child Sex Crimes


Chillicothe – A semi famous bowler was arrested at the US open bowling tournament February, local Bowling legend Brandon Novak was arrested in the middle of his performance.

According to reports the US Marshalls showed up during game 2 of the fourth round of qualifying rounds of the 2024 PBA U.S. Open from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, IN, and took Novak into custody.

Novak has been competing since 2012 on a high level, but this isn’t his first time dealing with law enforcement. Novak was arrested in 2022 in Franklin County, Ohio, for a TPO violation. He was also arrested in 2019 in Chillicothe for violation of a TPO two counts of tele harassment and a count of menacing stalking. 

In a search locally Novak has been under investigation since February of 2023 by prosecutors for pandering and what appears to be the intent to buy, procure, and possess obscene materials involving a juvenile. 

In court this week Novak pleaded guilty to

all 15 felony counts he was originally indicted on, including five for pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, and 10 for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. He was sentenced 13 years and three months in prison total, but some of those charges will run consecutively giving him a total of eight years and four months in prison. He will also have to register as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will hold the label for 25 years and has no legal way to remove it early.

Novak is a Zane Trace graduate and started bowling competitively at 17 after winning the high school state team title. In 2012 Novak won the PBA Central Region Rookie of the Year title.