On Tuesday, thirty-one-year-old Billy Rowe was arrested on five counts of Sexual assault. The charges follow a criminal investigation after an anonymous tip was called into the police department on September 10th. Officer Rowe was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, September 11th, pending investigation.
During a joint investigation by the department and the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, Rowe was suspected of having a relationship with the teen, including having sexual contact with her while on duty as a patrol officer.
Rowe was booked in with a $25,000 bond. Prior to being arrested, Rowe resigned from his position as an officer with the Fort Smith Police Department.