Man Arrested For Rape and Assault of Elderly Central Point Woman

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) took a report of a rape and assault of a woman in her 70s that occurred late Saturday night at her home on Blackwell Road.

Her son, who lives nearby, confronted the suspect and he fled the scene.

JCSO deputies arrived to investigate and the victim went to an area hospital for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam.

The suspect was known to the victim and was contacted and taken into custody.

Based on the evidence, Michael Dean Gates, 62, of Central Point, was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, and fourth-degree assault. His bail is set at $400,000. Investigations are ongoing.

Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.

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