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Reward offered for info

Rape suspect still on run from police

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Police Department has offered a $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to the apprehension and arrest of a man wanted on rape charges.

Brandon Tyler Scites, 25, whose last known address was on Mound Street, is being sought on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor and a parole violation (absconding).

Marshals said Scites knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor younger than 16 who was incapacitated due to an intoxicating substance on Jan. 21.

He is also alleged to have caused a minor to engage in the use of marijuana.

Marshals said they had evidence that Scites had been staying at his mother’s home in Kitts Hill earlier this week, but was no longer there. It is believed he is trying to get help leaving the area, with Lexington, Kentucky and Huntington as possible destinations, they said.

Ashland police announced the reward on their Facebook page.

They stressed they are only seeking information and warn the public not try to apprehend Scites, as he is believed to be armed and dangerous.