Sex Offense Probe Leads To Charges

OCEAN CITY – A Baltimore man was taken into custody this week after detectives charged him last week with child sex crimes dating to 2008.

Last week, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) concluded a month-long child sex offense investigation stemming from a referral from the Worcester County Department of Social Services (WCDSS). Detectives, working in conjunction with the WCDSS, concluded during the spring of 2008, the suspect, identified as James Sean Bennett, 42, of Baltimore, came to Ocean City with a 15-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy.

While staying at a hotel, Bennett allegedly provided the female victim with numerous alcoholic beverages. While in Ocean City, the female victim was sexually assaulted. During the investigation, OCPD detectives learned Bennett had recently been indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury for an unrelated case involving multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor and attempted second-degree rape involving an unrelated female.

Last week, OCPD detectives charged him with two felony counts of second-degree child abuse and sex abuse of a minor. He was taken into custody.