(from the Regional Digest of the Balto Sun 7/4/04):
Ex-priest is arrested on child molestation charges
UPPER MARLBORO -- A man who left ministry as a Roman Catholic priest about two decades ago has been arrested on charges of sexually molesting a boy and a girl when he was serving as pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville in the 1970s.
Francis Benham, 67, of Illinois was charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses June 25 by Prince George's County police, court records show. He was arrested in Lincoln, Ill., and is scheduled to appear in Logan County Circuit Court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.
According to papers filed by police in Prince George's County District Court, Benham is accused of kissing, undressing and and sexually arousing a 15-year-old boy at the church on about six occasions between July 1977 and April 1978. He is also charged with sodomizing and having oral sex with a 13-year-old girl at the church two or three times a week from April 1977 to April 1979.
Thomas Funk, an attorney for Benham, said he did not want to discuss the case until he had received permission to do so from his client.
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