Former Anderson Police Officer takes plea deal in federal court

May 30, 2014 4:14 PM

Former Anderson Police Officer Bryan Benson took a plea deal in U.S. District Court today that will require him to serve five years in prison, he was facing life in prison.

Benson, 29, was accused of raping a Millville woman he arrested for DUI in the back of his patrol car in May 2010. He was originally charged with kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, rape by threat of authority to arrest or deport, kidnapping, sexual battery by restraint, bribery and assault by public officer by the Shasta County district attorney’s office in August of 2010.

In September of 2011 Benson took a deal in which he pled guilty to felony assault and a misdemeanor count of lewd acts in public. He was sentenced to a year in jail and three years’ probation.

Following his year in jail Benson was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2012 on charges that he allegedly deprived the woman of her constitutional rights.


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