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.