An indictment by a grand jury in Campbell County has led to a warrant issued for a Southgate man today at the Campbell County Courthouse.
Already facing multiple rape charges in Hamilton County, William Blankenship, is now accused of raping women over several decades in Campbell County. In the indictment and according to prosecutors all of the instances of the home invasions and rape occurred in Southgate and Fort Thomas.
In February of 2020, Blankenship, 56, Blankenship, was charged with three counts of burglary, four counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of gross sexual imposition.
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When he was indicted last year, his nephew, Brad Blankenship, came forward to authorities and publicly asked his uncle to confess to more crimes he suspected William Blankenship had committed.
“Confess to these crimes. Tell everyone the extent of them. Tell everyone what’s not already known in this investigation. Come out with everything. Just be honest,” Blankenship told Fox 19.
Authorities followed up on the investigation and, according to prosecutors, found DNA evidence that led them to Blankenship. Detectives used DNA evidence and used websites like Ancestry.com to build a case against Blankenship.
He's now facing 26 counts in Campbell County for the suspected rape of six people as far back as 1987. Blankenship is accused of breaking into the victims' homes to assault them. Two other victims who were forcibly raped were just 12-years-old. One of those victims was a statutory rape situation where a girl had a relationship with Blankenship beginning when she was 14.
Investigators believe there are likely more victims.
Blankenship remains in the Hamilton County Detention Center on a $1.5 million bond.