Today (July 7) Billy Rowe will appear before a judge for his formal sentencing at 9:00 a.m.
The former Fort Smith police officer accused of having sex with a teenager he met at a summer church camp has pleaded guilty to sexual assault, according to a court official.
Billy Rowe, 31, of Bonanza, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault – 2nd degree a court official said.
He was a counselor at a church camp in July, 2013 when he began the relationship with the 16-year-old girl, court documents state.
Rowe had sex four times with the teen in Sebastian County outside the Fort Smith city limits, the court documents state.
On another occasion, Rowe, while on duty, performed a “deviate” sex act on the victim within Fort Smith city limits when she was with him participating in the department’s ride-along program, according to court documents.
The sexual encounters are believed to have begun in July and ended in August, investigators said.