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Dade City man accused of molesting 12-year-old girl


Man accused of molesting girl, 12

A 25-year-old man is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl. The victim told deputies the abuse began two years ago.

The girl's mother told authorities she caught Benjamin Roblero with her daughter on Nov. 2. The victim said Roblero molested and raped her multiple times, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Roblero denied the accusations, authorities said. Due to the nature of the allegations, authorities did not identify the victim or say how she knew Roblero.

He was arrested Friday and charged with sexual battery on a victim aged 12 or younger. Roblero, of Dade City, is from Mexico and is not an American citizen. He's being held without bail, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been notified, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Man accused of not paying subcontractors

A home builder is accused of not paying his subcontractors the $140,000 they were owed after they built a house in Odessa.

Ricky Lee Benedict of Benedict Builders Inc. in Port Richey kept the money the homeowner paid him for the job and "used the funds to pay personal bills," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office states. A report says Benedict filed bankruptcy. A search of the Florida Department Division of State Corporations shows the business's status is active.

Benedict, of Hernando County, was arrested Monday and charged with scheme to defraud. He was arrested earlier this year in Hernando County for doing the same thing, said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. Hernando jail records show Benedict was arrested July 6 on a charge of organized fraud.

Benedict was released Monday from the Pasco jail on $10,000 bail. He did not return a phone call Tuesday for comment on this story.

Dade City man accused of molesting 12-year-old girl 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:34pm]
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