Ex-prison officer facing new child rape charges
Feb. 18, 2017
DAYTON, Wash. (AP) — New charges have been filed in the case of an ex-Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer accused of child molestation and child rape.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports (https://goo.gl/L3tRfO ) the amended documents increase the seriousness of one charge filed against Benjamin G. Smith and add four new charges, for a total of seven.
A prison spokeswoman says the 33-year-old Smith resigned after his arrest in January from the corrections officer job he held since 2008.
Smith was arrested on allegations that he had sexual intercourse with a child between 14-15 years old as well as sexual contact with that same child and another between the ages of 12-13 for years.
Both children are known to Smith.
Smith is being held on $100,000 bail in Franklin County Jail.
Information from: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, http://www.union-bulletin.com