Lost memory card outside bingo hall leads Dayton police to child rape arrest

Michael James Luther  MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Michael James Luther MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A Dayton man was indicted on charges accusing him of raping a girl younger than 10 with a disability.

Michael James Luther, 34, was indicted on four counts of rape and 18 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He is in the Montgomery County Jail.

A statement of facts filed in the case says Dayton police began an investigation when they were given a computer memory card with child pornography on it found in a puddle outside a bingo hall.

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“The adult male had a definitive tattoo on the arm throughout some of the pictures,” the statement of facts said.

Using the evidence, officers were able to locate the address where the rapes allegedly occurred, the court document says, and the girl’s mother was able to identify her daughter, who uses a wheelchair.

The mother also was able to identify Luther in the video, the statement says.

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“Detectives … located Michael Luther, who admitted during an interview that he has raped the juvenile six-seven times when she was under 10 years of age and took pictures as well as video of the incident,” the statement says. “Michael was arrested and transported to the jail.”

An indictment filed Wednesday said the rapes occurred between 2012 and 2016. He is due in court on March 31.