Crime

Baby-Sitter Hired From Care.com Charged With Child Sex Abuse Crimes

| by Emily Smith

Oregon man Benjamin Nelson reportedly sexually abused multiple underage victims after he was hired as a caretaker through Care.com.

Nelson was charged in May with first-degree sexual abuse, sodomy and luring a minor. On Aug. 7, additional charges filed include sex abuse involving a child under the age of 12 and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

According to court documents, Nelson abused one boy under the age of 12 and another under the age of 14 between January and April 2015. It was later revealed that Nelson had abused a third underage victim between May and June 2015.

A police report noted Nelson had worked as a caregiver for two boys he had abused. He had also sent links featuring child pornography to one of them.

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“Based on the nature of the charges Close Street (Supervision program) believes there is a higher risk to the community if the defendant is released,” the deputy’s report stated.

The report also stated that Nelson had admitted to the crimes and added that there were several other victims.

“This is a highly disturbing matter and our thoughts are with the family,” Care.com wrote. “Given that this is an open investigation, we will not comment further.”

Although Nelson had initially passed a background check, court documents note that Care.com’s disclaimer insists that parents are responsible for hiring workers.

Nelson, who is expected in court on Sept. 22, had no previous criminal history.

Sources: KPTV, KOIN / Photo credit: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office via KOIN