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Officials fear more victims in case of Oldsmar man accused of sexually abusing two children

OLDSMAR — An Oldsmar man is accused of sexually abusing two girls in a case that goes back to the mid-1990s.

Benjamin P. Ice, 51, of 644 Timber Bay Circle West, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.

The victims in the case are now adult women, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office began investigating about a week and a half ago after the two women reported they had been sexually abused as children.

The two women told detectives that Ice had sexually battered them repeatedly at his previous home in unincorporated Pinellas near Seminole. One of the woman said he had abused her between 1994 and 1996; the other said she was victimized by Ice between 2001 and 2005.

During those time frames, the women were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. The women were not identified because of the nature of the crimes. It's unclear how they knew Ice.

Ice was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Sunday after posting $50,000 bail.

Detectives say they fear Ice may have had more victims. They ask anyone with information to call the agency's crimes against children unit and speak to Detective Eugene Paniccia at (727) 582-6779. Tips can also be given anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1-800-873-8477.

Officials fear more victims in case of Oldsmar man accused of sexually abusing two children 10/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2011 3:10pm]
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