Man charged with sex abuse in Etowah County

Man charged with sex abuse in Etowah County

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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office says a Georgia man has been arrested on sex abuse charges.

According to investigators, 53-year-old Cecil Lamar Benefield sexually abused a young female victim over two years in locations in Etowah, Calhoun and Jefferson Counties. Additional victims are believed to be in the surrounding area and in Georgia.

Benefield faces one count of first degree sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old and one count of first degree sodomy. He is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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