Gresham man pleads no contest to first degree sexual assault of a child

YORK — Benjamin Rhodes, 21, of Gresham, has pleaded no contest to first degree sexual assault of a child, a Class 2 felony.

He pleaded no contest this week in York County District Court.

In return for his no contest plea to the high level felony, a charge of enticement by electronic communication device, a Class 4 felony, was dismissed.

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 was already on probation for a conviction of flight to avoid arrest.

He will be sentenced on June 18.

A Class 2 felony carries a possible maximum sentence of 1-50 years in prison.

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