Bird found guilty of 14 rape counts

December 13, 2018

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Dale Byron Bird, 63 of Rosebush, could be sentenced to prison for up to 232 years for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl at her Rosebush home.

Bird was found guilty of 14 counts of rape last Friday by a federal jury.

He had also failed to register as a sex offender in Michigan for convictions in Canada that involved CSC with another 12-year-old girl there.

Dale Bird

Dale Bird

The assaults happened while he was living with a woman and a young girl at a Rosebush home. He was charged with sexually assaulting and raping the 12-year old girl reportedly over 20 times over the course of a year and once of sexually assaulting her with a sex toy all at times when the youngster’s mother was away from home caring for a sick relative.

The assaults were discovered when the child developed rare pregnancy complications – a molar pregnancy where tissue, but not a fetus grows in the womb.
The youngster told her mother about the rapes when the condition was being treated.

During the investigation, the girl told police she was afraid of Bird, a 5 foot 10 inch 300 pound man and that he had told her each time it happened that he would take away her horses and her cell phone if she told anyone.

Because Bird is a Native American and the assaults took place near reservation property, The Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case.

Bird was indicted on 14 criminal counts, two of sexual abuse of a minor, two of abusive sexual contact, witness tampering, failure to register as a sex offender, four counts of a crime of violence by a person who failed to register as a six offender and four additional counts of a federal sex offense by a person who filed to register as a sex offender.

Byron Bird

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