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Man arrested for alleged rape

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said a 62-year-old man allegedly raped a woman in Central Point late Saturday night.

Michael Dean Gates, of the 7300 block of Gold Ray Road, Central Point, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and fourth-degree assault.

The alleged assault occurred at the woman’s home on Blackwell Road. Police said the woman’s son confronted the suspect, who fled.

Deputies said the suspect was known to the woman, who is in her 70s, and was taken to an area hospital for a sexual assault exam.

Gates’ bail is $400,000.