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Man says he raped Manatee girl 14 years ago

MANATEE — An Arizona man has been returned to Manatee County to face a capital sexual battery charge after he walked into an Arizona police department and reported to officers he had raped an 8-year-old girl here 14 years ago.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report said detectives received a fax from the Mesa Police Department in Arizona, that Kevin Scott Bare, 42, had admitted to the 1993 Manatee rape.

Manatee sheriff’s detectives located the now 23-year-old victim still in the county and she told investigators she remembered being raped by Bare when she was a child. Bare told detectives the victim had been staying with one of his family members when the rapes occurred.

Law enforcement brought Bare to the Manatee County jail Friday on a capital sexual battery warrant. He was being held at the Manatee County jail on $50,000 bond.