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Owensboro Man Charged with Rape

Date of News Release: 07/09/2015

(HENDERSON, KY.) -- On Thursday, July 9, 2015, Kentucky State Police Detective Matt Wise charged 66 year-old Michael D. Bland of Owensboro with one (1) count of Rape 1st degree; one (1) count of Sodomy 1st degree and five (5) counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree.

The investigation was initiated by the Kentucky State Police back in March of this year when a female victim reported allegations on Bland. It was alleged that in the late 1970's, Bland, had inappropriate sexual relations with the (then) under 12 year-old victim. The victim, who was an acquaintance to Bland, came forward earlier this year because she believes Bland is currently sexually abusing another victim. The investigation also established another female victim under 12 years-old which detectives believe he was sexually abusing.

Bland was arrested at his Owensboro home without incident and is being held at the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro.

KSP detectives encourage anyone who has been abused or has information relating to this case to contact KSP Detective Matt Wise at 270.826.3312.