Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Richard Benjamin, arrested with Child Porn and Child Rape

A tip from a social networking website led authorities to arrest a 37-year-old Katy man on charges of sexually abusing a infant girl.

Richard Benjamin  (281) 599-0532
KATY TX 77449-6568
is charged with thirty counts of possession of child pornography and child sexual abuse and twenty counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the Houston Police Department.                 
Police said Benjamin was arrested naked at his home Jan. 7. He was being held in the Harris County jail in lieu of a total of $200,000 bail.
The investigation begin into the case when officials with Tumblr, a social networking website, recently noticed inappropriate activity on an account and reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said Sgt. J.D. Philpot, of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Philpot said the center determined the account user had posted 810,021 images about child abuse and chatted in graphic detail about sexually abusing infants under 10 months old. The center contacted local authorities and the Houston-Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a multi-agency group, investigated the case.
Philpot said the Tumblr account was traced to an e-mail address that turned out to be associated with Benjamin.
When he was arrested, officials said, Benjamin admitted he had sexually abused the infant girl and claimed to be grooming her for more sexual abuse. Investigators said they found 28,000 sexually inappropriate images of the infant at his home and 1,875 images of child pornography were found on his cell phone.

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