A Rolla man has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a real estate company employee who was showing him a rental property.

A Rolla man has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a real estate company employee who was showing him a rental property.
Julian H. Rowland, 24, was arrested after Rolla police officers were called to Phelps County Regional Medical Center Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. for a report of a sex crime.
According to the probable cause statement filed in Phelps County Circuit Court, Rowland went to a  real estate company in Rolla Tuesday and told a female employee that he was interested in renting an apartment. The woman agreed to show Rowland some properties that were available for rent.
At the third property shown located in the 2000 block of Vienna Road in Rolla, Rowland and the employee entered the vacant apartment and the employee gave Rowland a tour.
Court documents state when they entered a bedroom in the apartment, the woman opened a closet and was facing away from the subject when he allegedly placed his arms around her midsection and asked “if she wanted to have a little fun.”
The woman told him no several times and that she was married, but the probable cause statement alleges that the subject persisted and forced the woman to have intercourse with him.
After the incident, Rowland and the employee left the apartment and he “escorted her” back to the real estate company, according to police.
Court documents state that Rowland was later “located based on a tip which identified him based on unique clothing that he was wearing during the time of the assault.” Police say he was wearing a “white boonie type hat with a black band.”
Rowland was located at a residence a short distance from the real estate company and he was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Phelps County Jail and his bail was set at $1 million.
The woman also identified Rowland in a photographic lineup, and during a search of Rowland’s current residence, clothing that he was observed wearing in video footage at the real estate company was seized.
Court documents state that Rowland has previously been arrested for several offenses, including disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, battery to a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, theft, first-and second-degree burglary and forcible sodomy.
“Being new in this community, I was thoroughly impressed with how this case was handled,” said Police Chief Sean Fagan. “The speedy apprehension of this suspect, and the cooperation and quick actions of all officers involved is to be commended.”
Anyone having any additional information regarding this incident or similar incidents is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Hank Harper or Detective Adam Meyer at the Rolla Police Department at 573-308-1213.
People with relevant information to this case also can also remain anonymous by calling the Rolla Police Department’s confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.