Friday, October 31, 2008

Michael C. Rowe - Repeat Sex Offender

Fitchburg police said they arrested a registered sex offender on Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault of a child.

Police said Michael C. Rowe, 27, was previously convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

Lt. Todd Stetzer of the Fitchburg Police Department said in a news release that Rowe has been residing in the 2100 Block of High Ridge Trail while involved in the bail monitoring program related to pending charges of burglary as well as resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.

Stetzer said investigators believe a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by Rowe at his home on High Ridge Trail. Stetzer said Rowe met the girl at a bus stop and took her back to his home.

Investigators said Rowe has recently been in contact with unidentified juvenile females whom he met at bus stops in the Todd Drive and Hughes Place area. Police said Rowe has also frequented businesses in the area of Hughes Place, where juveniles congregate.

Stetzer said that after interviews with bus stop witnesses and Rowe, more charges will likely be filed.

"Rowe indicated there were other girls he brought to his home but could not remember their names," Stetzer said.

Investigators are attempting to identify juvenile females who might have recently been in contact with Rowe.

Anyone with information about juveniles observed in contact with Rowe is asked to contact the Fitchburg Police Department at 608-270-4300 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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