State scientist in London office charged with downloading child porn on work computer

February 11, 2014 

Gordon Bowers

An environmental scientist working at a state office in London is accused of downloading on a work computer multiple images of child pornography, according to the state attorney general's office.

Gordon Bowers, 49, was arrested Monday on four counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Bowers worked at the London office of the Department for Natural Resources Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement.

During a search Monday, investigators discovered that Bowers was "actively downloading pornographic images involving children onto his computer" at his office, according to the attorney general's office.

The Cybercrimes Unit started an investigation in November. The investigation showed that Bowers was using a file-sharing program to get the images and saving them on the work computer.

Bowers was taken to the Laurel County jail.

The charges are class D felonies. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.

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