SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former "Mother of the Year," who was charged with soliciting the rape of a woman after the victim and her husband a bought a Carmel Valley home the defendant wanted to purchase, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony stalking charge.
Kathy J. Rowe, 53, faces a term ranging from probation to three years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
Felony charges of solicitation for rape, solicitation for sodomy and misdemeanor charges of identity theft and making annoying or threatening communication were dismissed in light of Rowe's plea, said Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh.
According to the prosecution, sometime between October 2011 and June 2012, Rowe -- a former county employee -- placed an online ad inviting men to come to the victim's home and rape her.
A Superior Court judge originally dismissed the sex solicitation charges, but the District Attorney's Office appealed the decision and the 4th District Court of Appeal reinstated the charges.
Defense attorney Brad Patton said his client -- named "Mother of the Year" in 2007 for the work she did for her disabled daughter, wanted to buy the home in Carmel Valley to be in that school district and better care for her child.
Rowe made it clear to detectives that she posted the "prank" ad due to the stress she was under, and at no time did she intend to do any harm to the victim, according to Patton.
McHugh said Rowe placed the ad on Craigslist, encouraging men to contact the homeowner for sexual favors while her husband was away. The prosecutor said the solicitation and stalking counts were filed because the defendant's actions went far beyond a harmless prank.
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