Birch Bay child molester sentenced to 28 months

A Birch Bay man charged with molesting two underage girls in 2013 has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Randall Lloyd Benson, 51, was arrested in March 2013 for sexually touching the two girls, both of whom were under 10 years old at the time. Benson has already served two years awaiting trial.

Despite pleading guilty last December, Benson maintained his innocence at his trial. He claimed he’d been using an electronic massager to ease one of the girl’s leg pains when the massager “got away from him” and slipped inside the girl’s underwear. He also claims to have accidentally touched one of the girls inappropriately during a wrestling match.

Benson’s story conflicts with the one the girls told detectives. The girls claim that Benson sexually touched them while they slept on his living room floor.

Superior court judge Charles Snyder passed down the 28-month sentence on February 24.

Benson will have to register as a sex offender upon his release.

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