ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man accused of sexually abusing two young children over several years was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail on Monday, the day after he was extradited to New York from southern Texas.
Ever Benites, 36, is facing two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse, felony course of sexual conduct against a child and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
He was flown from Texas to Tompkins County with two local law enforcement officers on Sunday night after he was apprehended within 15 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border in July, Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia said.
Judge John Rowley agreed with Bonavia, who argued that because Benites missed a court appearance and was found near the U.S.-Mexico border, he should not be given another opportunity to post bail.
Bail may be forfeited
Rowley also ruled that the $20,000 Benites had previously posted as bail would be withheld by the court, pending Judge Joseph Cassidy's decision on whether or not to return the bail at all. Bonavia has filed an application with Cassidy asking that the $20,000 be forfeited because Benites missed a court appearance.
After missing the opening of his trial in July, Benites, who is represented by Ithaca attorney Seth Peacock, was taken into custody at a travel center in Edinburg, Texas. He had boarded the Tornado Bus Company bus in Nashville, where he was working as a contractor. The bus's final stop was Brownsville, Texas, a city directly bordering Mexico.
Benites will be back in court on Aug. 22 before Judge Cassidy.
BAKER CITY, Oregon (AP) — An Eastern Oregon man has been sentenced to 83 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing three young girls.
Baker County District Attorney Matthew Shirtcliff says 81-year-old Robert Lee Witter, of Huntington, was sentenced last week for 15 counts related to child sexual abuse and a firearm violation.
In a news release, Shirtcliff called it "the most graphic and heinous child sex crime" he's ever prosecuted.
The Argus Observer reports that Witter was found guilty in July after a two-day trial in Baker County Circuit Court.
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — A Clear Lake man was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Monday in a child sexual abuse case.
Daniel J. Wigant, 25, received that sentence for two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony.
He plead guilty to those charges in June.
Wigant received a sentence of up to 10 years in prison on each count. District Court Judge Colleen Weiland ordered the sentences to be served concurrently with each other.
The offenses took place on July 10 and July 16, 2015, according to Clear Lake Police Department criminal complaints.
The victim was under age 12.
Wigant was ordered to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison. He also will be under post-release supervision by the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life with eligibility for parole.
Wigant must pay two civil penalties of $250 each. Two $1,000 fines were suspended.
Wigant originally was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, in addition to the two counts of lascivious acts with a child. The state is dismissing both Class B felony charges.
HESPERIA, California (CBSLA.com) — A Hesperia man is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on child sex abuse charges.
Humberto Escobar, 76, was arrested August 5 after an investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
According to a sheriff’s department news release, the investigation began after several accusations of child sexual abuse were made against Escobar.
The abuse was alleged to have taken place at Escobar Family Child Care in Hesperia.
Escobar was booked at High Desert Detention Center in Victorville on a charge of penetration with a foreign object with a child less than 10 years old.
Bail was set at $500,000.
Men and day cares should never be in the same vicinity of each other! That's about 4 such stories in the past couple weeks.