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Man jailed for sexual assault

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Wayne BennettWayne BennettA Livingston man has turned himself in to law enforcement after a warrant was issued for sexual assault of a child

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested Jason Wayne Bennett, 46, for the second-degree felony. 

Detectives began an investigation after a female child made an outcry of being sexually abused by Bennett, on more than one occasion at his home.

The child was forensically interviewed and taken to St. Luke’s Health – Memorial Hospital, where exams were administered.

After further investigation by detectives, an arrest warrant was obtained May 17, for the arrest of Bennett. The following day, he turned himself in to the Polk County Jail and was later released on a $50,000 bond, with conditions of a protective order and other bond conditions protecting the child from further contact.

Second-degree felonies can extend to as long as 20 years with fines of up to $10,000.

Those with information on this case are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, at 936-327-6810.

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