Benson man faces child sex charges

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BENSON — A man who was wanted in three jurisdictions on child molestation charges is finally behind bars— in large part due to Benson Police Detective William Brown’s investigative efforts.

John Edward Degumba, 30, was arrested Sept. 24 and is facing charges in Benson, Franklinton and Franklin County in connection with what was an allegedly ongoing crime as the victim’s family changed homes. A domestic disturbance call led Brown to the victim, who in turn identified her molester as Degumba, according to Benson police.

“During the domestic call, information was revealed to the responding officers that the juvenile in the home may have been sexually abused,” Brown told The Daily Record of Dunn. “During a follow-up investigation, I discovered a history of abuse from the age of 9 or 10 to the age of 15, spanning across multiple jurisdictions and counties.”

Degumba was taken into custody after turning himself in to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He is being charged in Benson for acts that allegedly took place in 2016.

“In cooperation with Franklin County and the Franklinton PD, during the follow-up, we were able to charge him with several crimes,” Brown said. “It’s possible we have more pending. I’m still following up on other jurisdictions. It’s because of where the family lived over the years.”

Benson police have charged Degumba with one count each of committing a statutory sexual offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.

Franklinton police have charged him with one count each of the same two charges. And the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has charged Degumba with one count of rape of a child, one count of committing a sexual offense with a child and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child.

He is currently being held under a $450,000 secured bond in the Franklin County Detention Center.

Brown said the investigation was routine and he did nothing out of the ordinary. He did admit making an arrest in a case such as this one did provide a feeling of getting the job done properly.

“Absolutely,” he said. “They’re tough cases, but you’ve got to do it.”