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Feds: St. Louis County man flew to Denver for sex with woman, two underage daughters

Feds: St. Louis County man flew to Denver for sex with woman, two underage daughters


DENVER • A 61-year-old Calverton Park man was arrested in Denver on his way to what he thought was a sexual liaison with a mother and her two underage daughters, federal officials said Friday.

Unfortunately for Darwin Gilbert Gowen, the woman was really an undercover agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, officials said.

The investigation began with a pornographic website where some users sought out other users interested in engaging in sexual activities with their children, the criminal complaint against Gowen says. 

An agent, pretending to be a 37-year-old single mother with two daughters, ages 15 and 11, began corresponding via email and text message with someone who said he was “a 60 year old male, widowed . . . wanting to experience the wild side of life,” federal officials said. The correspondent also said he was “looking for naughty daughters . . . who love to hook up with a kinky mom for mom daughter fun.”

Investigators traced the messages to Gowen, who uses the names "Gil" or "Gib" and tracked him as he flew on June 19 from St. Louis to Denver, the criminal complaint says. He was arrested in the baggage claim area, confessed and said that "his biggest fear had come true," charging documents say.

Gowen was charged June 20 in a criminal complaint with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of attempted coercion, and could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted, officials said.

Gowen's next court appearance is scheduled for a July 2 discussion about prosecutors' desire to hold him in jail until trial.

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