Kentucky man pleads guilty to rape

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — A Kentucky man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the rape of his then 10-year-old adopted daughter.

Edward S. Rowlands, 37, of Somerset, Kentucky, was arraigned last week on the charge, which was alleged to have taken place in June 2015 when Rowlands and the girl attended a festival at Wisteria in Meigs County. The incident occurred while camping at the festival.

The victim is now in the custody of the state of Kentucky, with her guardian agreeing to the terms of the plea agreement which kept the girl from testifying in the case. The victim has two others sisters who were also adopted by Rowlands who remain in the home.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley previously told the Sentinel that the alleged act in Meigs County came to light as part of an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

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.

In addition to the prison sentence, Rowlands will be subject to five years of post release control and must register as a Tier III sex offender for life. The eight year prison term is to run concurrent to a prison sentence in Kentucky.

“Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney, James K. Stanley is thankful to authorities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation and assistance in this matter. Without the collaborative effort of multiple agencies, the victim would not have received justice in Meigs County,” read a statement on the prosecutor’s office Facebook page.

By Sarah Hawley

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