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Ice rink manager took photos underneath girl’s clothes at Chipotle: deputies

Michael Benson had been visiting the restaurant several times a week for the past five years, management told investigators.
Michael Benson, 48, of Oldsmar faces a felony charge of video voyeurism, a Class 3 Felony. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Michael Benson, 48, of Oldsmar faces a felony charge of video voyeurism, a Class 3 Felony. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Feb. 13
Updated Feb. 13

A manager at a Tampa ice rink was arrested Wednesday after deputies say he used his cellphone to take photo or video underneath the clothing of a teenage girl last month at a Chipotle restaurant.

Michael Benson, 48, of Oldsmar faces a charge of video voyeurism, a Class 3 Felony, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred on Jan. 20 at the Chipotle at 12827 Dale Mabry Highway North.

Benson had been visiting the restaurant several times a week for the past five years, usually at lunchtime, management told investigators.

Deputies said tips they received from the public after releasing video of the incident helped lead them to Benson.

The video shows a man in a blue long-sleeved shirt reaching down behind a girl waiting in line in front of him and snapping a photo with his cellphone.

Benson was a manager at Xtra ICE, an organization that promotes youth hockey in Tampa, according to the arrest report. The business’ address is listed as the arrest location.

He was released after posting $2,000 bail.


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