LOS ANGELES — A South Weber man was sentenced to prison time after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young girl in California

Timothy John Bennett, 45, pleaded guilty to one felony count of continuous sexual abuse. Bennett will spend the next 12 years in a California state prison and is required to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Bennett was charged in California with five counts of felony forcible sex abuse of a minor and one count of felony child molestation before accepting a plea deal. 

In 2017, a woman went to authorities and alleged Bennett molested her several times in 1999 while he was living in Norwalk, California, supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal Derryl Spencer said in October. Bennett’s accuser was under the age of 18 at the time of the abuse.

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Bennett moved to South Weber in the early 2000s and has lived there since, Spencer said.

A detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the victim and collected evidence. Based on the victim’s testimony, an arrest warrant was issued for Bennett in the state of California, where the alleged crime took place, Spencer told the Standard-Examiner.

Bennett was arrested Oct. 4, 2017, by members of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, which included an officer with the Syracuse Police Department.

Bennett was extradited to California on Oct. 25, according to online court records. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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