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Priest charged with sexual assault of woman who expected counseling

More depravity. A man of the cloth in Saratoga, CA has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at a Motel 6 who he had been corresponding with over email. She was expecting counseling from him and instead she got raped.

The Rev. Randy Benas, 45, of Sacred Heart Parish in Saratoga was arrested Thursday and is being held on $200,000 bail at the Santa Clara County Jail, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Lt. Marty Dale said.

…The 29-year-old Oregon woman alleged that Benas raped her early Tuesday morning after she met him at the Motel 6 on Mathilda Avenue in Sunnyvale. She was driving to visit friends in San Diego but had stopped in the Bay Area late Monday after Benas asked her to meet him for the first time, Dale said.

They had been exchanging letters and about two phone calls a month for the last year, Dale said. “The victim viewed it as a counseling or mentoring relationship,” Dale said. “The father’s insight had helped her through struggles that she was having.”

The woman was looking for spiritual guidance a year ago when she sent inquiry letters to a number of priests around the country. Benas was the only one to respond, Dale said.

Do you think this was the only woman that Benas has “given spiritual counseling” to in this manner?

Hat tip Fritz

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