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Prosecutors: Woman posts ads for rape in revenge scheme

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:29 p.m. HST, Apr 09, 2014

SAN DIEGO » A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said.

The defendant, Kathy Rowe, claims the scheme was a childish prank that got out of control and she intended no harm.

Rowe, 52, began by carrying out mild hoaxes on the young husband-and-wife homebuyers — like putting a stop on their mail and sending religious missionaries to their doorstep, U-T San Diego reported Tuesday.

Her actions soon became criminal, according to prosecutors. Rowe allegedly posed as the wife in online adult entertainment ads titled "Carmel Valley Freak Show," inviting strange men over to the couple's home for sex and describing scenarios of a rape fantasy to those who responded. The wife's photo and address were included in the postings.

"I love to be surprised and have a man just show up at my door and force his way in the door and on me, totally taking me while I say no," Rowe wrote to one man who responded, according to the newspaper.

One man decided to follow up on the offer, but was thwarted once by a locked gate and a second time when the husband answered the door.

The state appeals court last week ruled that Rowe, a county administrative analyst, will have to answer to felony counts of solicitation of rape and solicitation of sodomy — two charges that a Superior Court judge previously dismissed from the case.

In a letter to a judge, Rowe described as "devastating" the moment in 2011 when she lost the house due to miscommunication with real estate agents, and a more attractive bid from the other couple. She had her heart set on the home because it was a single story, to accommodate her severely disabled daughter, and had a pool, to provide exercise for her husband following a heart attack.

"The anger and grief over losing that house (and especially in the way we did) drove me to behave in a very childish way and to do what I thought were childish pranks to let off steam and ease the pain," Rowe said. "I never intended for them to be hurtful."

Neither the couple nor their lawyer responded to a request from U-T San Diego for comment.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Last I heard placing a false mail stop is criminal. Seems like criminal activity began on the get go.
on April 9,2014 | 10:32AM
opihi123 wrote:
about 5-10 in the slammer sounds about right
on April 9,2014 | 10:38AM
silvangold wrote:
on April 9,2014 | 11:01AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
If this is how you deal with disappointment, you shouldn't be allowed to participate in civilization.
on April 9,2014 | 12:09PM
Anonymous wrote:
To instigate for an innocent woman to be raped is not "a very childish way," rather diabolical.
on April 9,2014 | 01:42PM
Barefootie wrote:
Instead of going after the higher bidders for the home, I would have gone after the Realtor and taken them to court! But now that seems to be moot as this lady crossed the line and now will be spending her time in prison for her stupid actions.
on April 9,2014 | 04:16PM
nitpikker wrote:
but maybe the "miscommunication" was her own fault, not the realtor's.
on April 10,2014 | 12:12AM
nssanes wrote:
I think it's likely that someone who believes stopping someone's mail is an appropriate first response to not getting what she wants is very likely to blame the realtor for her own failure to make a winning bid, if indeed she even had the ability to come up with the payment
on April 10,2014 | 06:42AM
Slow wrote:
From Confucius, "When you seek revenge, dig two graves."
on April 10,2014 | 07:53AM
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