Guard Arraigned in Smith Sex Case
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A second prison guard accused of having sex with convicted child-killer Susan Smith was arraigned Tuesday.
Capt. Alfred R. Rowe Jr. was charged Monday with one count of sexual intercourse with an inmate, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He was held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Smith, who is serving a life sentence for drowning her two sons in a lake, told investigators she had sex with Rowe at the Women’s Correctional Institution between July and August. He confessed, according to an arrest warrant.
A woman who answered at a Columbia telephone number given for Rowe said he did not live there.
Prosecutors said Rowe was a supervisor who worked with the Corrections Department about 13 years.
Charges that another guard, Lt. Houston Cagle, had sex with Smith triggered the investigation that revealed the second encounter.
The first encounter was discovered when Smith was treated for a sexually transmitted disease, prosecutors have said. Corrections Department spokesman John Barkley refused to comment on whether she had a sexually transmitted disease but said Smith was not pregnant.
Smith was sentenced to life in prison after drowning her two sons in a South Carolina lake in 1994. She had staged the boys’ disappearance as a kidnapping and pleaded tearfully for their safe return on national television broadcasts.