Frederick man charged with sexually abusing boy for 7 years

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man is facing 14 counts of sex offense and child abuse charges in connection with the abuse of boy between 1997 and 2003, and detectives believe there may be more victims.

Dean Lee Benner, 47, of the 5700 block of Brook Hill Lane, was taken into police custody at his home Wednesday.

The charges stem from allegations that Benner abused a boy from the age of 6 until he was 13, according to Howard County police. The man is now 23.

The young man told investigators he allegedly suffered more than 200 incidents of sexual abuse at the hands of Benner over the 7-year period, police said.

The victim said he and his parents initially trusted Benner and he spent many weekends in the older man's custody.

The younger man said Benner allegedly took him and other boys to three locations in Howard County, including his then home in Elkridge, his place of business in Elkridge and a friend's barn in Ellicott City. At those places, the victim said, Benner allegedly gave the boys alcohol and drugs, according to police.

The victim said he would pass out and wake up to find Benner allegedly raping him, police said.

The younger man said Benner allegedly forced him to perform sex acts, threatened to kill him if he refused, and sometimes held a knife to the boy's throat or a gun to his head during the sex acts, according to police.

Investigators searched Benner's home and found nine guns, two large hunting knives and three swords.
Detectives have been in contact with other people they suspect Benner abused and those investigations are ongoing. Detectives "strongly believe that Benner has committed similar acts against additional other children," according to a release.

Anyone with information about Benner is asked to contact Howard County Police, 410-313-2630.

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