BG man accused of possessing child sex abuse material

Published 4:10 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024

By Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News

A Bowling Green man arrested in December on suspicion of sexual abuse was taken into custody by police Wednesday after police allegedly found images of sexually exploited juveniles on his computers.

Ray E. Gordon, 35, was arrested by the Bowling Green Police Department and charged with 60 counts of possession of material portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

BGPD began investigating Gordon two months ago after someone alleged he made illegal sexual contact with them on multiple occasions starting in October.

The investigation led to city police arresting Gordon on Dec. 14 on a count of first-degree sexual abuse.

The alleged victim in that case recanted the allegations in open court during a Jan. 5 preliminary hearing in Warren District Court, but the case was bound over to a grand jury, where it remains pending.

During that investigation, city police seized a cellphone and a computer from Gordon on Dec. 14.

Police received a search warrant to examine the items on Jan. 24, and detectives found at least 140 images portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to an arrest citation.

On Wednesday, city police executed additional search warrants at a North Sunrise Drive residence in connection with the case, and additional charges may be pending, the arrest citation said.

Gordon was arraigned Thursday before Warren District Court Judge John Brown on the new charges.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and a preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 23, court records indicate.

Gordon was placed in Warren County Regional Jail under a $10,000 cash bond, with Brown adding the condition Thursday that Gordon have no contact with anyone younger than 18 should he be released on bond.

Each of the 60 possession counts is a Class C felony that carries a statutory penalty of 5-10 years in prison.