Suspect accused of sex assault of Pontiac hospital patient turns himself in

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A Detroit man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female hospital patient has turned himself in, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday night.

Kevin Darcell Blanks, 56, went to police in Detroit around 8 p.m. Other details were not released. 

Sheriff's officials hours earlier announced Blanks was wanted in connection with the assault. 

The county prosecutor issued a warrant Wednesday for Blanks' arrest on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison for each of three counts.

According to authorities, Pontiac General Hospital staff called deputies on July 14 to report that a man had sexually assaulted an 18-year-old female patient that morning.

They told detectives the man, identified as Blanks, worked at the hospital as a mental health technician on the psychiatric floor during the night shift at the time of the alleged assault.

Officials said Blanks has since been fired.