Dora man arrested on child sex abuse charges
by Rachel Davis
Mar 01, 2012 | 8008 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Odell Logan
Michael Odell Logan
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DORA — Dora Police arrested Michael Odell Logan, 32, of Dora, on Wednesday. Logan is charged with six felony counts: two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of sex abuse on an individual under the age of 12 and one count of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

Dora police chief John Duchock said the case was reported to his office earlier this month, and the alleged victim, an unnamed juvenile, is in protective custody in another county.

“The alleged incidents occurred over a two-year period for this victim,” Duchock said.

Late Wednesday evening, Dora police executed a search warrant on Logan’s residence on Shlioh Road in the Burnwell area, for computer equipment and firearms related to the crime. Duchock said they recovered evidence related to the charges filed.

Before he was arrested on the sexual abuse counts, Dora Police were holding Logan in the City Jail for two unrelated charges. He is currently in the Walker County jail on $475,000 bond.

“This case is ongoing and is still being investigated, so I’m somewhat limited on what I can say,” District Attorney Bill Adair said Wednesday, by phone. “Everybody is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Adair said four of the counts are Class A felonies, which carry anywhere from 10 years to life in prison. One of them is a Class B felony, carrying anywhere from two to 10 years and the other count is a Class C, which is one to ten years.

Dora Police led the investigation, with help from the Walker County District Attorney’s Office and the Prescott House, a child advocacy center in Birmingham.

“The effort was enhanced by Assistant District Attorney Bailey Gladden, the DA’s office and the Prescott House,” Duchock said. “To prove the case the way it needed to be done, they had to be involved.”

The Prescott House specializes in interviewing child victims in a way that minimizes the trauma of recounting their experiences, while helping law enforcement and prosecutors collect the evidence they need. Since he was elected, Adair’s office has underscored the need for a CAC in Walker County.

“We have other children needing to be interviewed, but we have to wait our turn to get them to do these interviews until probably middle or late March because they have cases in Birmingham that need to go in front of us,” Adair said. “That shows how desperately our county is in need of these kinds of facilities. It is a hindrance to this investigation for us to have to wait, although we can’t blame the Prescott House, because we are very grateful for the help they are able to give us.”

Duchock echoed those sentiments.

“We need some type of trained advocacy center, not just for juvenile victims, but for adult sex abuse victims,” Duchock said.