Billings man admits to raping and sexually abusing teen

A Billings man admitted Tuesday to multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.

Kenneth Wesley-Herbert Rowe, 51, pleaded guilty in Yellowstone County District Court to sexual intercourse without consent, two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse of children. His guilty plea came nearly two years after his arrest in Helena.

Kenneth Wesley Rowe appears in District Court for a change of plea on Tuesday.

LARRY MAYER

Rowe sexually abused a teenage girl over the course of about a year, according to court documents, starting in 2018. Video recordings recovered by investigators showed Rowe raping the victim, and sexually assaulting her several times as she slept. Rowe admitted to the abuse in court Tuesday, along with recording the victim and two other underage girls while they were undressed in his home.

Officers with the Billings Police Department started investigating Rowe in January 2019 after a mandatory reporter, someone legally obligated to report to law enforcement any allegations of sexual abuse, alerted them to a possible sexual assault. Police went to Rowe’s home in Billings, court documents said, where the

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