The California woman who solicited rapists for a “prank” against a woman and her husband who purchased a home that she wanted to buy has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.
Reports say that 52-year-old Kathy Rowe, who now faces solicitation of rape, solicitation of sodomy, and stalking charges, placed an ad online sometime between October 2011 and June 2012 inviting men to come to the couple’s home and rape the woman. The couple that the ad targeted had purchased a home that Rowe wanted to buy herself, so the ad was, as Rowe claims, purchased as a “prank” against the couple for putting in an accepted offer on what she says was her dream home.
Rowe, who was named “Mother of the Year” in 2007 for exceptional work with her disabled daughter, has maintained since her October 2012 arrest that she in no way wished to harm the couple and only did it as a joke. A Superior Court just initially dismissed charges of sex solicitation because he didn’t feel that Rowe seriously wanted the female victim to be raped, but the District Attorney’s office wound up appealing that dismissal. Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh said that Rowe’s actions were worse than just playing a prank.
“People responded to that Craigslist ad, and [evidence] at the preliminary hearing showed there was a string of communications from that initial response enticing men to come to her home, force themselves through the door and onto the victim, and have sex with her while she screamed no," said McHugh. "Our victim was put in a position where she was in fear in her own home, and that's not a position anyone should be in."
One man that responded to the ad reportedly went to the couple’s home with plans to have sex with the woman, but when he saw her husband, he left and questioned Rowe, who was posing at the victim, about it. She continued to pretend to be the victim as a way to solicit sex on her behalf.
Reports say that Rowe, if convicted, could face nine years and eight months in prison.
Sources: ABC News, KFMB, CBS 8