Gresham man pleads not guilty to first degree sexual assault, child enticement

YORK COUNTY – Benjamin Rhodes, 20, of Gresham, has pleaded not guilty to first degree sexual assault of a child, a Class 2 felony, and enticement by electronic communications device, a Class 4 felony.

His arraignment was held on Monday, Jan. 29, in York County District Court.

The case was investigated by the York County Sheriff’s Department.

During the middle of the night, deputies were notified a 14-year-old girl had run away from her residence and there was a possibility she was with Rhodes.

Deputies went to Rhodes’ residence in Gresham where the girl was found, according to the deputies’ affidavit filed with the court.

No other details about the case can be published, due the graphic nature of the case.

It was noted in court documents Rhodes is currently on probation for a conviction of flight to avoid arrest.

Following his not guilty plea, a jury trial was scheduled for April.


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