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Columbia County Superior Court

Nov. 1, 2017


November 9, 2017


Benjamin G. Smith, 33, Dayton; charged with two counts of first degree child molestation, two counts of second degree child molestation, two counts of third degree child molestation and one count of third degree child rape. The former Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer was arrested in January of this year and pleaded guilty to all charges last month. Smith was sentenced to a minimum of 347 months (nearly 29 years) actual incarceration. He received 198 months to life on the first count of first degree child molestation and 149 months to life on the second charge of first degree child molestation. The charges are to run consecutively, or one after the other. Smith also received 116 months on each charge of second degree child molestation, 60 months on each charge of third degree child molestation, and 116 months on rape of a child in the third degree. Those charges will run concurrently (at the same time) as the other charges.


Deloris Lorraine Elder, 53, Dayton. The court ordered that a Stay of Proceedings on prior charges of possession of methamphetamine and residential burglary be revoked because there is probable cause in a current forgery charge and Elder has either violated or not met required obligations of the Stay of Proceedings. The order is to be entered on Nov. 15.


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