Kentucky man arraigned for alleged rape

By Sarah Hawley - [email protected]

POMEROY — A Kentucky man was arraigned in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Thursday afternoon for the alleged rape of a minor.

Edward S. Rowlands, 37, of Somerset, Kentucky, appeared before Judge I. Carson Crow on the charge, with a not guilty plea entered on his behalf, with a change of plea hearing scheduled for a later date in the case.

Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley requested bond be set in the amount of $250,000 with 10 percent given the nature of the allegation.

Rowlands’ attorney Lisa Wells stated that bond would not be an issue in the case as Rowlands’ bond in Pulaski County, Kentucky had been revoked and they were not going to set a new bond. He had been free on a $100,000 bond in Kentucky.

Rowlands is also facing similar charges in Kentucky. According to reports by the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, Kentucky, Rowlands was charged in the summer of 2016 with charges of first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12; use of a minor, under 16, in a sex performance; and unlawful transaction with a minor, under 16, illegal sex act.

According to Stanley, the allegation against Rowlands is that he allegedly brought a then-10 year old girl to Wisteria for a festival where they were camping. The conduct is alleged to have taken place in a tent between June 18-21, 2015.

Stanley said the alleged act in Meigs County came to light as part of an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

The victim in the case was the adoptive child of Rowlands at the time of the alleged offense, and has since been placed in the custody of the state.

Rowlands’ trial in Kentucky is scheduled for April 3.

A change of plea hearing and sentencing in Rowlands’ case in Meigs County is set for May 1.

By Sarah Hawley

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Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews.

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