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Ex-police officer found guilty of raping teen

A former Greenville police officer has been found guilty of the sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant.

The verdict against 26-year-old Benjamin Roberson was returned by a Washington County Circuit Court jury late Friday afternoon. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Roberson was arrested in July 2007. He responded to a call from the child’s mother that her daughter had run away. Roberson assisted in locating the juvenile and transported the then 14-year-old to the police department where she was booked.

The sexual act occurred when Roberson was transporting the teenager back home.

After he was arraigned on the sexual battery charge, Roberson was fired from his job.