Former Adams County Sheriff’s sergeant sentenced to jail for sex assault

A former Adams County Sheriff’s sergeant was sentenced on Thursday to 75 days in jail and probation for a sexual-assault conviction.

Former Sgt. Michael Benson will begin serving the jail sentence in 13 weeks, according to an Adams County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Benson was convicted by a jury in January of felony sex assault and two counts of misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact.

The victim in the case, a civilian employee of the sheriff’s office who had hoped to become a deputy, appeared at the sentencing and addressed the court, saying that she felt trapped and had no option to get away, according to the release. The victim, who also testified at the trial, told the court that Benson had a willful disregard for people and the law.

Benson was sentenced by District Court Judge Jeffrey Allen Smith.

“This was an outrageous and reprehensible crime, particularly because it was committed by a Sheriff’s Sergeant who took an oath to protect and serve,” said District Attorney Brian Mason, in the release. “As I have expressed previously, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our jurisdiction, and we will prosecute these crimes without fear or favor. I hope the victim can move forward now that a verdict and sentence has been handed down to the man who assaulted her.”

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