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Alleged Riverside child rapist may face more charges

By Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer

More charges are likely coming against a 59-year-old Riverside man already indicted on 29 counts of felony sex crimes against three young girls.

“The state does intend to add some more charges” against Michael Bohannon, Montgomery County assistant prosecuting attorney Kathy Bishop said Tuesday. “That’s still under investigation right now. So until we have an indictment on that, that’s something that we can’t talk about.”

Bohannon appeared in front of Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Frances E. McGee with his attorney, Dennis Lieberman, who said he hasn’t seen any new evidence, but said that the new information could involve more alleged victims or more charges involving the first three alleged victims.

“It may be a combination of the two,” Lieberman said. “I’m not sure until I see the evidence.”

Bohannon was indicted in September by a Montgomery County grand jury on 16 counts of rape of a child younger than 10, four counts of rape of a child younger than 13, seven counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13 and two counts of importuning.

Assistant prosecutor Karina Korostyshevsky said any new charges would come only after an investigation is complete and that evidence is presented to a grand jury, which would decide whether or not to indict Bohannon.

Bohannon is being held in Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond. Lieberman told judge McGee that his client’s daughter has shown concern for Bohannon’s safety in jail. McGee said Bohannon likely is “low man on the totem pole” in jail because of the nature of the allegations against him.

Officials have said two of the alleged victims are sisters while the third is their friend. The girls are now ages 13, 12 and 13. The time frame of the alleged crimes ranges from January 2008 until September 2013 and began when the girls were ages 6 to 8 years old. Bohannon’s criminal record only shows minor traffic offenses.

A Riverside police report indicates Bohannon may have made cell phone videos of himself with girls. The report said a witness said he was told Bohannon engaged in sexual activity with girls and sometimes had them watch video of him with other girls.

The police report said one of the girls’ fathers heard from his daughter that Bohannon had forced her into a sex act. The report mentions allegations by two other girls. Riverside police had said there could be more victims who could contact them at (937) 233-1801. The father of one alleged victim has said his daughter is a “very strong young lady” for coming forward.

A social media page of Bohannon’s identified him as a long-haul tow truck driver for a local company and a 1971 Stebbins High School graduate.

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