Ft. Smith Police Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen

Ft. Smith Police Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teen

Officer is suspected of having sexual contact with young girl while on duty as a patrol officer.
FORT SMITH, AR -- A Fort Smith police officer has resigned after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

On Tuesday, 31-year-old Billy Rowe was arrested on five counts of sexual assault following a criminal investigation into an anonymous tip called into police on Sept. 10.

Officer Rowe was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, Sept. 11, pending investigation.

After a joint investigation by police and the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, Rowe is suspected of having a relationship with the teen, including having sexual contact with her while on duty as a patrol officer.

Rowe was taken to the Sebastian County Jail with a $25,000 bond, and has since been released.

Prior to being arrested, Rowe resigned from his position as an officer with the Fort Smith Police Department.
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