Josephine County man arrested for sexual abuse of child at Caveman Bowl

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Grants Pass Police say a suspect was arrested Friday after reports came in of sexual abuse of a young child at Caveman Bowl.

According to police, Edward Benavente, 78, was arrested for sexual abuse of a minor under 12 years old and two counts of purchasing sex with a minor.  Benavente was booked into Josephine County Jail on Tuesday.

Police say anyone with information about the investigation or any more victims is asked to call Grants Pass Police at 541-450-6260 and reference case 23-44691.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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