JONESBORO—Kenneth Bowen III, the suspect charged in a series of rapes and sexual assaults around Clayton County, was denied bond Wednesday morning by Chief Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas.
Bowen, 24, faces seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Clayton County Police say Bowen, who was kicked out of CCPD's police recruit class, was arrested Aug. 27 after DNA linked him to the crimes committed within a two-mile radius of his home. CCPD says Bowen worked at a Walmart auto care center outside of Clayton County but declined to identify the location.
Dallas denied Bowen bond on the rape charges but granted him $4,000 bond and $600 in fees on the sexual assault charge. Because he was denied bond on the other charges, he will not be released.
One of the women who police allege Bowen raped told the News, "I feel relief, but it does feel the way I thought it would. I thought I would hate him because I was so angry at hurt after my attack and wanted to know why. But after seeing him, he looked like a scared little boy. He had no remorse. His demeanor said to me he only cares about the fact he is caught, not the pain he caused." It is the News' policy not to name survivors of sexual assault or rape.
"He is an evil person," she added. "I really hoped that he just didn’t understand his actions but everything he did act the fact tells me he knew exactly what he was doing."
What she found "most disturbing" was that Bowen "lived in walking distance to some victims and after my attack (June 8, 2018) and the eighth attack, he was employed by the Clayton County Police Department. Which means he most likely came in contact with at least three of the victims after their attack because he was their neighbor." Bowen signed up as a CCPD recruit on June 25, 2018. CCPD then kicked him out Sept. 12, 2018 for not attending training.
"Just think if he had stayed with the police department," she said. "He could’ve had more access to victims and more power to hurt or even kill someone."
Bowen's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in Room 201 for a preliminary hearing. He will return to court Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. in Room 201 for a bond hearing. Bowen remains in custody at the Clayton County Jail as of press time.