- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

DAYTON, Wash. (AP) — New charges have been filed in the case of an ex-Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer accused of child molestation and child rape.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports the amended documents increase the seriousness of one charge filed against Benjamin G. Smith and add four new charges, for a total of seven.

A prison spokeswoman says the 33-year-old Smith resigned after his arrest in January from the corrections officer job he held since 2008.

Smith was arrested on allegations that he had sexual intercourse with a child between 14-15 years old as well as sexual contact with that same child and another between the ages of 12-13 for years.

Both children are known to Smith.

Smith is being held on $100,000 bail in Franklin County Jail.

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Information from: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, https://www.union-bulletin.com


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