JOSEPHINE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILD IN GRANTS PASS

News Release from Grants Pass Police Department
October 25th, 2023

Grants Pass, Ore. – On October 20, 2023, the Grants Pass Police Department received allegations of sex abuse that occurred at Caveman Bowl on Rogue River Highway. Subsequently, Grants Pass Police Detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the alleged abuse of a young child.

The investigation led to the arrest of Edward Benavente, a 78-year-old Josephine County resident, for 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a minor under 12 years old and two counts of Purchasing Sex with a Minor. Benavente was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on October 24, 2023.

Anyone with information about this investigation or additional victims is asked to contact Grants Pass Police Detective Miguel at 541-450-6260 and reference case #23-44691.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case, additional details will not be released.