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Frederick man convicted in Howard County child sex abuse case
Frederick man convicted in Howard County child sex abuse case

A Frederick man was convicted in Howard County Circuit Court last week on multiple counts of child sex abuse spanning a five-year period beginning in 1997. Dean Lee Benner, 47, of the 5700 block of Brook Lane, was convicted on 21 counts of child abuse and sex offense occurring in three separate locations in the county involving a young boy from Baltimore city, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. A Howard County Circuit Court jury deliberated for four and half hours over two days before announcing the guilty verdicts last week. The deliberation capped an eight-day trial presided over by Judge William Tucker. Benner will be sentenced on April 24. During opening...

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