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.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
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Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.