KREBS, Okla. -- A McAlester man charged with child abuse by injury to a 4-month-old in September has now been charged with rape in the first degree against a 9-year-old.
Benjamin Staples was charged with first-degree rape last week by the Pittsburg County Court for an Aug. 20, 2012 incident.
According to court affidavits, Staples was bailed out of jail by a friend. He was staying with that friend and his girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter in Krebs, Okla.
The couple left the day of the incident to go to the store, leaving Staples with the young girl. When the mother returned home after five or 10 minutes, she told police her daughter was crying and acting like something was wrong.
The mother learned that Staples had molested her daughter and told the 9-year-old “he would kill her if she said anything,” according to the witness’ statement.
Police conducted a forensic interview with the child the following day.
Staples was taken to Krebs Police Department for questioning, where he denied touching the girl in any inappropriate way. He said he believed the child was crying because he and the couple had been arguing.
Staples said he was depressed and under a lot of stress and admitted that could have caused him to do something he would not normally do, according to police reports.
Staples faces felony charges of child abuse by injury.
Charges were filed against Staples in September for a July 24, 2012 child abuse case, where he reportedly bit a 4-month-old child in the right thigh area and struck the child on the right shoulder and hip area, according to court documents.
He is being held in the Pittsburg County Jail on a $50,000 bond for each case.
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