Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Sentencing of Former State Employee for Child Pornography

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 22, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit announce the sentencing of a former state employee, Gordon Bowers of London, Ky., who admitted to downloading images of child pornography from the Internet while at work.  On June 19, U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced 51 year-old Gordon Bowers to 13 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.  Under federal law, Bowers must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Bowers also will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 15 years after he serves his 13-year prison sentence.  Judge Van Tatenhove ordered Bowers to pay $35,000, in restitution to multiple victims, for costs associated with psychological counseling services.

According to Bowers’ plea agreement, in February of 2014, investigators with the Attorney General’s Cybercrimes Unit identified several child pornography images and videos being traded online.  Investigators traced the source of the images to a computer at the London State Office Building.  The Cybercrimes Unit executed a search warrant at Bowers’ office and found more than 40,000 images of child pornography on his state-issued computer and other electronic storage devices.  The images depicted children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

Bowers pleaded guilty in January of this year.  He worked as an environmental scientist. 

For a photo of Bowers, please visit: https://goo.gl/SkHTQr

General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit

Since its creation in June 2008, Attorney General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched more than 450 child pornography investigations and seized nearly 700,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit is also a member of the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

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.