Man Accused of Holding Girl at Gunpoint, Assaulting Her

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

New paperwork reveals why police believe a man is guilty of sexually assaulting a child. It details what officers seized in a search of his home.

Benjamin Oates, 57, is accused of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child.

In April, a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to make him stand trial on that charge.

A police affidavit WOWT 6 News obtained Wednesday shows the alleged crime first came to light in mid-February.

In an interview at Project Harmony, a 9-year-old girl said Oates had assaulted her multiple times. She told a forensic interviewer Oates had pulled a gun on her, threatening to kill her. The 9-year-old girl also says Oates told her he wanted to "get married with her and have a baby."

After searching the home of the suspect, police found a photograph of the victim, a revolver, girls' underwear and four cellphones. Everything except the photo was in his dresser.

Oates is currently in jail on a $100,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces 20 years to life behind bars.

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