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Columbia County Superior Court - Feb. 1, 2017



-Benjamin Glen Smith, 33, Dayton; charged with rape of a child in the third degree, second degree child molestation, and third degree child molestation. Smith, a Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer, was arrested outside his home on Jan. 23. Court documents allege that Smith had ongoing sexual relations with a child between 14 and 15 years old and had sexual contact with that same child and another child between the ages of 12 and 13. Smith is being held in Benton Franklin County Jail on $100,000 bond. He entered a plea of not guilty to all counts. Trial setting i...

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