Former Northern California high school wrestling coach arrested on 60 counts of statutory rape

A former Eureka High School girls’ wrestling coach was arrested Monday on suspicion of 60 counts of statutory rape, according to jail reports.

As of Wednesday morning, Thomas Harlan Gowing was being held in the Humboldt County jail, according to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Samantha Karges.

“His bail is set at $1.5 million until he is arraigned,” Karges told the Times-Standard. “At that time, the judge can choose to reduce his bail amount.”

Thomas Gowing (Contributed) 

Typically, arraignments need to be held within 72 hours of the booking.

The Eureka Police Department notified the Arcata Police Department of an investigation involving Gowing, a news release posted Wednesday afternoon on the APD’s Facebook page stated. The allegations stemmed from a report from a female former Eureka High student who has since graduated and is now an adult.

“It was really through that investigation that they determined the alleged incidents took place in Arcata,” Lt. Todd Dockweiler told the Times-Standard.

The multiple counts against Gowing relate to multiple alleged incidents of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor,” the APD’s Facebook post states.

Dockweiler said that there is no past history of statutory rape relating to Gowing outside of Humboldt County.

Karges noted that there was no previous booking history associated with Gowing. A search of the court records confirmed there were no past charges filed locally against Gowing.

A news release shared by Eureka City Schools said that Gowing was a coach and volunteer for wrestling at Eureka High.

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