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Region 8 man accused of raping 13-year-old appears in court

Shawn Rowlett (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department) Shawn Rowlett (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A Lawrence County judge has set a $200,000 bond on a man charged with raping a 13-year-old and being in possession of child pornography.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, 43-year-old Shawn Rowlett had his bond set at $200,000 and a federal hold placed on him for the child pornography charges. Sheriff Dotson tells Region 8 News that means, federal marshals will come get Rowlett and place in him federal custody if he were to post bond.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department arrested Rowlett Tuesday evening and accuses him of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a hunting cabin near Strawberry.

Deputies say the 13-year-old girl reported the rape, and police then found over 100 images of child pornography on his computer and cell phone.

Police say most of the images and video showed the victim and Rowlett together in the cabin near Strawberry.

Rowlett is set to appear in a Lawrence County court again on January 18, 2012.

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