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NEW INFO: Man Charged With Sex Crimes Involving 2 Children

A man from the East faces two dozen sex offense charges dating back ten years ago on children between 7 and 9-years old.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff's office, 40-year-old Apolonio Venegas-Benavides of Richlands was arrested Friday and placed under a $975,000 bond.

Investigators say Benavides committed the sexual offenses on the two victims between September 2002 and October 2008.

Detectives say the mother of the children knew of and even watched some of the acts. Authorities say Benavides threaten the mother if she spoke up about it.

Authorities say to children were 7 years and 9 years when the alleged abuse began.


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A man in the east has been arrested and charged with several sex crimes involving children.

According to The Daily News of Jacksonville, 40-year-old Apolonio Venegas Sr., of Richlands, was arrested Friday by the Onslow County Sheriff's Department.

The Daily News reports Venegas is accused of engaging in sex acts with two different girls on multiple occasions, one when she was 10, 13 and again when she was 14, and the other girl, when she was 9, and again when she was 10. The paper's report says charges include 11 counts of indecent liberties with a child, five counts of first degree sex offense with a child, three charges each of crime against nature and statutory rape/sex offense with the defendant greater than or equal to 6 years, and two charges of felony child abuse through sexual act.

The Daily News Of Jacksonville says according to deputies the offenses occurred between September of 2002 and September of 2009, and that his bond was set at $975,000.


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