Tuesday, 02 11, 2014
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced the arrest of a Kentucky state employee on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Gordon Bowers, 49, was arrested Monday afternoon by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators on four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Bowers is an environmental scientist at the London office of the Department for Natural Resources Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement.
The arrest is the result of an investigation that began in November 2013. The investigation revealed that Bowers, using a file sharing software program, downloaded images depicting the sexual exploitation of children and saved them to his state office computer. On Monday, Cybercrimes Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Bowers’ office and discovered that Bowers was actively downloading pornographic images involving children onto his computer. Bowers was arrested at his office and lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor is a class D felony. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit
Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.
For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit the CyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.