Monday, July 20, 2009

Melvin Dean Blanchard Arrested for Sexual Abuse

A Dothan man is arrested for a crime, investigators say, he committed 15 years ago.

Investigators with the Henry County - Abbeville Police Task Force say Melvin Dean Blanchard, 47, sodomized and sexually abused a child under the age of 12.

Detectives say Blanchard had the contact with the child in Headland during October 1994 and May 1998.

Investigators say the victim was eleven when the assaults began.

Blanchard is charged with felony first-degree sodomy and felony sex abuse of a child less than the age of 12.

Blanchard is currently being held in the Henry County Jail under a $40,000 bond.

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