Battle Ground man charged with sex crimes

Victim told a friend, who went to a school counselor with the allegations

BATTLE GROUND — A Battle Ground plumber is facing charges of sex crimes involving two teenage victims who were known to him, according to probable cause documents filed in Clark County Superior Court.

Timothy Rowe, owner of Rowe Plumbing and Drain in Battle Ground, was arraigned Friday on charges of rape and incest involving his daughter and step-daughter. Photo from Facebook
Timothy Rowe, owner of Rowe Plumbing and Drain in Battle Ground, was arraigned Friday on charges of sexual crimes involving two teenage victims who were known to him. Photo from Facebook

Timothy Rowe, 38, was arraigned on charges of molestation, commercial sex abuse of a minor, rape and one other charge, all involving the under-aged girls, one 15 and the other 12.

Rowe owns Rowe Plumbing and Drain, LLC, located in Battle Ground.

According to court records, the 15-year old confided in a friend about the abuse, saying it had been going on for several years. That friend then went to a school counselor, who contacted Child Protective Services. 

Under Washington law, school employees who suspect child abuse may be occurring are required to report it to authorities.

During an interview with CPS, the teen claimed Rowe had started sexually abusing her when she was “between 9 and 11 years old,” and that it had happened “once every month or two for five years.”

Following interviews with the victims, Rowe was booked into the Clark County Jail on Oct. 22 and held on $250,000 bail, which he posted the following day. He was arraigned today, Fri., Nov. 1.

According to friends of Rowe and his wife Brittney, the couple have said the charges are false and that the girls are lying.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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