Union County State's Attorney's Office

Olive Branch Man Charged with Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2016

Olive Branch Man Charged with Child Pornography

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Thomas Keith Gowin (DOB 04/29/1957) of Olive Branch, Illinois has been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on two (2) counts of Child Pornography, both Class X Felonies.  Gowin is charged with filming a child under the age of 13 years during 2015 and 2016.  Gowin was arrested in March of 2016 following an investigation by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies and Illinois State Police.

Gowin is being held in the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro on $500,000.00 bond.  The matter has been set for Pre-trial on Tuesday, May 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. and Jury Trial on July 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 or the Illinois State Police at (618) 845-3740.

The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

Union County State's Attorney's Office