- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man has pleaded no contest to charges associated with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl who was babysitting his children.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2bX9rz7 ) that Benjamin Marquez of Bar Nunn pleaded no contest Wednesday to sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a sexual assault charge.

Marquez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Marquez went into his child’s locked bedroom where the baby sitter was sleeping and raped her, although the teenager said “no” three times and eventually pushed him off. State prosecutor Brett Johnson told the court that the girl woke up with Marquez on top of her.

Marquez told police he had “blacked out” after drinking alcohol. His DNA matched that found on the victim’s underwear.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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