Ex-police officer found guilty of raping teen

Published 4:38 pm Monday, May 11, 2009

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.

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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.