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)

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

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

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

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

Policesay most of the images and video showed the victim and Rowlett together in thecabin near Strawberry.

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

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