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Walton Man Accused of Raping Teen Relative

A Walton man is behind bars Monday, accused of sexually molesting a teen relative nine days ago.

A 14-year old girl reported the molestation to someone else who forwarded the information to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Benjamin Lopez, 27, of South Main Street in Walton, was arrested Monday and charged with third degree rape and incest - forcible compulsion/incapable of consent or under 18 years of age.

The Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Lopez confessed to the allegation.

The rape charge is a Class D felony which is punishable by one to five years in prison while the incest charge is a Class B felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

Lopez is currently in the Boone County Detention Center.

-Staff report

Photo: Benjamin Lopez (via Boone Co. Detention Center)