A Salem man is facing 11 counts of child sexual abuse for the alleged abuse of a girl younger than 12 years old.
Robert Lee Bennett, 39, allegedly sodomized, raped and touched the girl's genitals over the course of a roughly two-month period starting in January and lasting until March 5, 2018, according to Marion County court records.
On at least one occasion, Bennett allegedly provided a visual representation of sexual conduct to the girl in an attempt to lure her to engage in similar sexual conduct.
The sexual abuse is believed to have continued until the day before he was arrested, according to court records.
Bennett was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 6, on multiple charges including first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and luring a minor.
He is being held in Marion County Jail on $1 million bail.
Bennett is scheduled for a plea hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, with Judge Heidi Strauch.
First-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration are all Measure 11 crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences.
First-degree rape, sodomy and unlawful sexual penetration carry roughly eight years in jail if convicted. Sexual abuse carries a roughly six-year sentence if convicted.
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