Arraignment set in sex abuse case

Keanu Cowman-Myers (Marion County Jail intake photo)

Arraignment has been scheduled for May 14 at 9 a.m. in the third-degree sexual abuse case against Keanu Eugene Cowman-Myers, age 22 of Knoxville.

The defendant was charged after the Knoxville Police Department took a report of alleged sex abuse on April 21. Lt. Eric How’s initial investigation showed that the alleged offender, identified as Cowman-Myers, was reported to have had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female.

The female told how that she had intercourse with the suspect multiple times, according to a report filed by Lt. Corey Derby. The last occasion was reportedly a week before the initial report was made.

Derby took over the investigation, during which he listened to an audio recording of a phone conversation said to be between the female’s mother and the suspect. In the conversation, Cowman-Myers allegedly stated that he knew having sex with the 15-year-old was wrong and that he never intended to do it, but did. He went on to allegedly identify the minor female by name and claimed the two were in love, Derby’s report continues.

When this report arose, Cowman-Myers was already awaiting sentencing for breaking into a Pella home on Feb. 3, during which he stole $400. Cowman-Myers has a prior sexual abuse conviction on his record, involving a 15-year-old female in 2018.

For that crime, he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree burglary. He was sentenced to two years in prison and one year in the Marion County Jail – all of which were suspended.

He violated his probation from that sentence and was released from jail until bed space became available at the Fort Des Moines treatment facility. That order came through on March 18. On April 22, his probation officer filed another complaint, stating that Cowman-Myers had allegedly removed his ankle monitoring device.

As always, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.