Michael Gowey, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children before a Jefferson County judge July 26. Gowey was arrested on the charges filed by the First Judicial District in …
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Michael Gowey, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children before a Jefferson County judge July 26.
Gowey was arrested on the charges filed by the First Judicial District in March and originally charged with nine counts of sexual exploitation of children after investigators found that he allegedly sent and received inappropriate images through a messaging app. As a result of his guilty plea, the other eight counts against him were dropped.
Gowey worked as a firefighter with the Arvada Fire Protection District beginning in 2011. He was fired when the district learned of the charges against him.
According to the arrest affidavit, police in Nashville were investigating messages found on the computer messaging app Kik where an account under the name “Jen Thomas” with the screen name “softballgrl32,” talked about sexually abusing a six-year-old and offered to send pictures in exchange for an Amazon gift card.
The account, eventually traced to an IP address at Gowey's Lakewood home, allegedly sent 14 pictures of the sexual abuse, and received one.
After initially denying allegations against him, Gowey told to investigators that the used the Kik application to both send and receive sexually exploitative material, but continually denied that he ever touched a child or thought about touching a child, according to the arrest affidavit.
As part of his plea, Gowey will be required to register as a sex offender. He is facing 4-12 years in prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 31.
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