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February 25, 2014

Bowers indicted on porn charges

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A former state employee arrested earlier this month on charges of possession of child pornography was indicted Friday in Laurel Circuit Court.

Gordon J. Bowers, 49, of 74 N. Linwood Dr., in Somerset, was indicted on nine counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and his bond was set at $20,000 cash.

Bowers was arrested February 10 by Tom Bell of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office after it was discovered he was downloading child pornography on his work computer.  Bowers allegedly committed the crime while on state time while using state equipment.

According to the citation, Bowers was an employee at the Division of Mine Reclamation in London, located at 85 State Police Road.  He was arrested at his office and was actively downloading pornographic images involving children on his work computer during the time of the arrest.  Investigation revealed his computer already had hundreds of images previously downloaded on it at the time of his arrest.

Bowers was originally charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.  He was released February 11 after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

Child pornography is a Class D felony offense and violates Kentucky Revised Statute 531.335, which states “A person is guilty of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor when, having knowledge of its content, character, and that the sexual performance is by a minor” and the person knowingly keeps and intentionally views the subject matter knowing that minor children are involved in the visual sexual performance. The penalty for Class D felony offenses carry a one- to five-year prison sentence for each incident.

Bowers is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 10 a.m. on March 21 in Laurel Circuit Court.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

 

rmcdaniel@sentinel-echo.com

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