Ceres man arrested in sexual assault on disabled woman

local@modbee.comJuly 17, 2013 

— A Ceres resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman with an intellectual disability.

An investigation started July 5 when the alleged victim went to a clinic and medical personnel reported the suspected sexual assault to Ceres police, according to executive assistant Carissa Higginbotham.

Investigators said the victim had been sexually assaulted multiple times during the past year at a home in Ceres. The victim knew the suspect and gave his name to the police, Higginbotham said.

Michael Scudder, 51, was interviewed by detectives Tuesday and arrested on suspicion of rape and oral copulation of a person incapable of giving legal consent.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Arthur Hively at (209) 538-5728 or email ahively@ci.ceres.ca.us. Tips can be anonymously reported to the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (866) 60-CRIME; text tips to 274637 with TIP704 in the message.

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