Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gymnastics Coachs busted with Child Porn

Grand jury indicts men on pornography charges

ST. CHARLES – Three St. Charles men out of jail on bond in connection with possessing child pornography images on their computers were indicted Tuesday in separate cases.

They are Shawn C. Bowlden, 33, Vernor P. Gumila, 39, and Scott J. Nuxoll, 20. Gumila already had been indicted, but prosecutors said further investigation led to additional indictments Tuesday.

Nuxoll was arrested March 26 after police said they found multiple movie files on his computer that contained images of child pornography.

He was indicted on eight counts of possession of child pornography and eight counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to disseminate.

Nuxoll has posted $7,000 bond and awaits a May 8 court appearance.

Last October, roommates Bowlden and Gumila were arrested after police seized child-pornography images on their computers.

Bowlden and Gumila both were gymnastics coaches. Bowlden worked at St. Charles Gymnastics Academy, and Gumila worked at Gymkhana Gymnastics Club in Hanover Park.

Bowlden was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of possession of child pornography, and Gumila was indicted with four counts of the same offense. He already faces nine counts.

Bowlden is out of jail on $20,000 bond, and Gumila is free on $25,000 bond.

Bowlden and Gumila are not allowed to be near minors while awaiting trial. Bowlden is scheduled to be in court April 30, and Gumila is set for a May 29 court appearance.

– Kate Thayer

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