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Man charged with sex offense, case dates to 1997

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 3:08pm  ET

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- Howard County police have charged a Frederick man with 14 counts of sex offense and child abuse in a case that dates to 1997.

Police announced Thursday that 47-year-old Dean Benner was arrested at his home and is being held without bond.

Police say the alleged victim, now 23, reported that Benner would take him and other boys to his Elkridge home, business or a friend's barn and give them alcohol and drugs. He told police that several times he passed out and awakened to Benner raping him. He said Benner forced him to perform sex acts and threatened him with weapons.

Police say there were about 200 incidents of sexual abuse over seven years, starting when the man was 6. Detectives are investigating whether there were other victims.

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