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.