Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bensalem teen charged in 7 sexual assaults

An 18-year-old Bensalem man is accused of sexually assaulting seven teenage girls, and police are investigating whether there are more victims.

Bensalem police said Josh Benson was charged today in two sexual assaults that happened while he was adult.

Benson is already in custody at a juvenile detention center for five other attacks that happened when he was a juvenile, authorities said. All of the victims were girls between the ages of 14 and 16.

Police said they believe there are more victims.

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  • Officials said Benson would meet the girls online or through other people, and befriend them. He would get them to agree to a sexual encounter, police said, and then turn violent. Police allege he would physically restrain the victims and sexually assault them.

    He is being held on $5 million bail, and is being transferred from the juvenile facility to the adult jail in Bucks County.

    Any victims who have not reported an assault are asked to call police at 215-633-3719.

    Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

    Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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