Soldier pleads guilty to arranging tryst with teen using MySpace:
I originally talked about Jason Benge here…
A Fort Drum soldier charged with soliciting teens for sex using the popular website MySpace.com plead guilty to all charges this morning in Jefferson County court.
27-year-old Jason Scott Benge of Flower Avenue East plead guilty to charges of Criminal Solicitation in the 3rd degree and Attempted Rape in the 3rd degree. Benge used the website MySpace.com to arrange a meeting with what he thought was a 15-year-old teen and her 16-year-old friend for purposes of engaging in sexual activity with him and his girlfriend. The teen he believed he was propositioning was actually Detective Steven C. Cote of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
Sentencing for Benge is scheduled for October 27th. He was released on his own recognizance.
His MySpace has since been deleted.
Jefferson County Sheriff: Ft. Drum Soldier Used MySpace to Solicit Teens for Sex:
Here we go again…
Jefferson County (WSYR-TV) – A 27-year-old Fort Drum soldier thought he was meeting up for sex with a teen, but he was arrested by an undercover Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy instead.
27-year-old Jason Scott Benge of Flower Avenue East is charged with third degree attempted rape and third degree criminal solicitation.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says Benge used MySpace.com to setup a meeting with a 15-year-old and her 16-year-old friend for sex. Benge didn’t know, however, that the 15-year-old was a detective with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Benge allegedly sent explicit emails to the fake teen. Some were also sent from Ft. Drum, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Fort Drum Military Police helped in the investigation.
Benge was arrested when he tried to meet up with the fake teen, by the Sheriff’s Department.
He has been sent to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Apparently, someone either set up a fake MySpace or vandalized Benge’s MySpace. Because it now says “I’m in jail because i’m a sick pervert!!!”. Ex-girlfriend perhaps?