FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novem­ber 23, 2016

Olive Branch Man Sen­tenced to 20 years for Child Pornography

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Thomas Kei­th Gowin (DOB 04-29-1957) of 21384 Cen­ter Street in Olive Branch has been sen­tenced in the Cir­cuit Court of Union Coun­ty to twen­ty (20) years in the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions after plead­ing guilty to one (1) count of Child Pornog­ra­phy, a Class X Felony.  Gowin will also serve a term of Manda­to­ry Super­vised Release (for­mer­ly known as parole) of three (3) years to life and be required to reg­is­ter as sex offend­er for life.

Gowin was arrest­ed in March 2016 after inves­ti­ga­tion by the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office and Illi­nois State Police showed that Gowin cre­at­ed a porno­graph­ic film of a child at a rur­al Union Coun­ty res­i­dence between March 2015 and March 2016.  The Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion pro­vid­ed assis­tance to inves­ti­ga­tors and the Two Rivers Child Advo­ca­cy Cen­ter in Anna facil­i­tat­ed inter­view of the victim.

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