Covering Houston County: Dothan man arrested on felony sex charges

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ABBEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A Dothan man was arrested on felony sex charges by the Henry County Sheriff Department along with Abbeville police. Investigators charged 47-year-old Melvin Dean Blanchard with felony first-degree sodomy and felony sex abuse of a child less than the age of 12.

Blanchard had been the subject of a month long investigation after allegations arose that he had sexual contact with a female during October 1994 and May 1998 in Headland. The victim was 11 years old when the assaults reportedly occurred and ended when she was 15.

Blanchard is currently being held in the Henry County Jail under a $40,000.00 bond.