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Jacksonville man arested for sexually abusing a minor

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - In Onslow County local deputies arrested a Jacksonville man for sexually abusing a minor.

Thomas Benefield, 51, was arrested on Thursday and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child, misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The sheriff's office was contacted by the Department of Social Services regarding a potential child sexual abuse.

At last check, Benefield was being held in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

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