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Newton man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault of 15-year-old Mass. girl


PLAISTOW – A Newton man is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Tewksbury, Mass., girl then driving her around as he delivered marijuana to several people, police said.

Benjamin Huson, 24, is charged with kidnapping, aggravated felonious sexual assault and simple assault in 10th Circuit Court, Plaistow Division.

Police said that Huson ignored the girl's requests to be taken home after he picked her up at a playground and made several marijuana deliveries throughout the North Shore area of Massachusetts.

Tewksbury, Mass., police began looking for the girl on April 3 when her parents reported her missing, according to a police.

The girl's cell phone records showed she called Huson the night before, according to police.

A Newton police officer went to Huson's residence to search for the girl. She was standing in the driveway with Huson. The girl first claimed that her parents knew where she was, but then gradually changed her story, according to police.

The girl later told police that Huson had containers of marijuana in his bedroom "along with acid, pills and mushrooms," Officer Leanne Wancheck said in a sworn affidavit.

She admitted to smoking marijuana with Huson, but denied having any sexual contact with him after being questioned repeatedly, police said. The next day, the girl told a family member that Huson "slapped her and told her to take off her clothes," Wancheck said in the affidavit. Huson then allegedly made the girl perform a sexual act, police said.

"After this, they left the residence and delivered drugs to numerous people," according to Wancheck's affidavit.

Huson pleaded not guilty in 10th Circuit Court, Plaistow Division on all charges at his arraignment on Aug. 22. He is free on bail and due back in court Sept. 15 for a probable cause hearing.

jkimble@newstote.com



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