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Sex Abuse Suspect Lodged in Jail (Photo)
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Sex Abuse Suspect Lodged in Jail (Photo)

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A man is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on sexual abuse charges involving two children in incidents three years apart. Detectives believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward.

Michael James Rardin, 36, is currently lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of sexual abuse in the first degree, attempted sexual abuse in the first degree, and private indecency. The investigation began with a report that Rardin sexually abused a 10-year-old girl in September 2017. Detectives received an additional report that Rardin attempted to abuse another girl in 2014.

Rardin reportedly left the area during the investigation. A judge issued a warrant for Rardin's arrest on November 22, 2017, for charges related to both incidents. Rardin returned and was arrested at Jackson County Circuit Court on January 5, 2018.

Rardin is transient and is known to have stayed in several different homes in Jackson County, California, and Iowa in recent years. Based on information obtained during the investigation, detectives are concerned Rardin may have more victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steve Bohn at (541) 774-6168.

Case #17-19087
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