Crime

Babysitter Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Children

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Benjamin Nelson, a 27-year-old babysitter from Portland, Oregon, who connected with clients online, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing three children.

On Oct. 26, Nelson pleaded guilty to sodomy, attempted sex abuse and encouraging child sex abuse.

Additional charges, including sex abuse, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and luring a minor, were dropped when he accepted the plea deal, KPTV reports.

According to court documents, Nelson admitted to sexually abusing two boys under the age of 14 between January and April. He victimized another child between June 2014 and May 2015, when he was arrested.

According to Deputy Keith Fisher, Nelson used the website Care.com to gain access to children. The online caretaker agency says it conducts background checks on all potential workers.

Nelson did not have a criminal history until now, and will have to register as a sex offender.

Sources: AP via Statesman Journal, KPTV / Photo credit: KPTV