DENVER, Co. (KSDK) - A 61-year-old St. Louis man was arrested last week at Denver International Airport after traveling to Colorado with the intent of having sex with a mother and her two underage daughters, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John F. Walsh said.
According to the affidavit, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents out of Greeley, Colorado were working undercover when one agent, posing as a 37-year-old single mother, was contacted online by Darwin Gilbert Gowen.
Through email and text, the defendant said he was a widower and looking to "experience the wild side of life" by having sex with a mother and young daughter. The undercover agent said she was the mother of two minors, ages 15 and 11, and Gowen expressed an interest in having sex with the three of them.
Gowen said he would fly to Denver and meet the mother and have sex with her and her daughters, according to prosecutors.
Homeland Security agents confirmed Gowen left Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on June 20 and later arrived at Denver International Airport.
Gowen met a female HSI agent at a baggage claim, where the two discussed possible arrangements. When Gowen said he flew to Denver for the purposes of having sex with the two young children, federal agents took him into custody.
Darin Gowen was charged with traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity, and two counts of attempted coercion and enticement.
If convicted on the first charge, Gowen faces up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted on the latter two charges, Gowen faces between 10 years and life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, for each charge.
He is due back in court on July 2 for a detention hearing.