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Rape, incest charges added to Opp case

After further investigation, the Opp Police Department has added charges of rape first degree, incest and sexual abuse first degree to an Opp man’s sexual abuse case.

Benjamin Ellis White, 31, was arrested earlier this week after Opp PD investigators received reports of White committing sexual abuse to a child under the age of 12. White was initially charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, a Class B felony.

As a result of further investigation, White has been charged with two counts of rape first degree, incest and sexual abuse first degree. His bond has been set at $500,000.

A rape charge is a Class A felony, and both sexual abuse and incest are Class C felonies. Class A felonies are the most serious of felonies and are eligible for jail sentences of at least ten years to 99 years or life.

Fines can go up to $60,000.

Class C felonies are punishable by a prison sentence of one year and on day up to two years. Fines can go up to $15,000.