Judge denies reducing rape suspect’s bond

A Faulkner County judge denied lowering a Conway man’s $50,000 bond Monday.

Defense attorney Otto Fry asked Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson Jr. to lower Billy Joe Rowden’s bond so that Rowden could post bond and discuss plea options with his family.

Rowden, 37, is currently being held in the county jail on suspicion of conspiring to commit rape.

“I’m not going to make modifications to the bond,” Clawson said Monday.

Rowden was arrested in December 2015 after making arrangements with undercover investigators to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, according to the probable cause affidavit.

“Arrangements were made to meet at a location in Conway where the suspect would then follow me to a residence where he would engage in sexual intercourse with the victim,” the affidavit states.

Police found condoms in Rowden’s vehicle when they pulled him over on Dec. 20.

“Additionally a cellular phone was found in his vehicle and was seized for further analysis,” the affidavit states.

Rowden is set to appear next in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Feb. 7.

(Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached by email at marisa.hicks@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)


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