Rape suspect turns himself in

CENTRAL POINT — Police fear a Central Point man suspected of raping a young girl and a teenager might have additional victims.

Brad Gutches, 26, turned himself into Central Point police on Friday after the agency issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of first-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

The charges stem from a case involving a 17-year-old girl Gutches met at a party, Central Point police Lt. Chuck Newell said.

"This arrest came on the heels of a previous rape case against Mr. Gutches," Newell said. "We are not prepared to divulge specific details of these cases."

Gutches was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained late Friday on $1 million bail.

The latest charges are not related to an earlier rape case which sent Gutches to jail on April 23 on four counts each of first- and second-degree rape and charges of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration. Court records indicate the alleged abuse happened in summer 2007.

"On his first arrest, we thought maybe there were additional victims," Newell said. "We are still considering the possibility of more victims who have not come forward."

Gutches is accused of sexually abusing a girl, now 12, over a period of time.

Gutches made news in 2007 when he and a friend were charged with the illegal killing of four black-tailed deer in the upper Elk Creek drainage during the last weekend of the general rifle season. All but one of the seven charges of poaching were dismissed, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Anyone with information about Gutches is asked to call Central Point police Detective Kris Allison at 664-5578.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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