2012-04-12 / Front Page

Sheriff's SAFE Unit busts Facebook creeper

Jeffry Bennett (Photo Courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office)Jeffry Bennett (Photo Courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office)During late March, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of local young teen girls, ages ranging from 12 to 15 years old, that had been approached on Facebook by a person appearing to be an adult male. 

The male was contacting the juvenile girls through Facebook social media and attempting to Friend them.  Reportedly, once conversation started, the male would immediately entice the juvenile girls to communicate by instant message or text, where he would initiate sexually explicit related messages.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement unit (SAFE) initiated a felony child sex crime investigation into the allegations.   During this investigation, the SAFE unit’s undercover operation collected about 551 text messages and one graphic photograph sent by the suspect male.  Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for the man for the felony child sex crimes.

On April 17, at about 8:30 a.m. Mariposa County Sheriff’s SAFE unit contacted and arrested Jeffry P. Bennett, 22, at his Coarsegold home.  The Madera County Sheriff’s Office also assisted during the arrest.

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Thank God he was caught!

Thank God he was caught! Thank you Mariposa Sheriffs! You did a fantastic job!!! Hugs from Germany

Keep up the good work

Keep up the good work

Lock him up and throw away

Lock him up and throw away the key! Thank you, Mariposa County Sheriffs Department!

Thank you Mariposa

Thank you Mariposa Sheriffs.....now mabey my daughter will be able to get rid of the bad dreams

Great job Mariposa County

Great job Mariposa County Sheriff's Office!!!! Thank you for keeping our kids safe!

Way to go Mariposa Sheriffs!

Way to go Mariposa Sheriffs! Another one bites the dust.

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