Silverton man arrested on rape, child porn charges

A Silverton man is being held without bail after he was arrested on rape and child pornography charges Friday. 

Benjamin Franklin Silverman, 59, is facing three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. 

Silverman is accused of raping a girl under the age of 16 from 2008 to 2010. According to court records, the girl was known to him.

He is also accused of forcing the same girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct for a visual recording. 

Following his arrest by Silverton police, Silverman was taken to Marion County jail. He was ordered to have no contact with his victim.

At his arraignment on Monday, Marion County Judge Rafael Caso ordered that Silverman be held without bail.

First-degree rape and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct are both Measure 11 offenses requiring mandatory minimum prison sentences.

A first-degree rape conviction carries a minimum sentence of eight years and four months, and a display of sexually explicit conduct requires a sentence of at least five years and 10 months in prison.

Silverman's next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m.

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

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