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Oklahoma man molests 5-year-old girl after promising safe haven to immigrant family

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An Oklahoma City man lured an immigrant family to his home with a promise of a safe haven — but instead molested their 5-year-old child.

The family had lived about four months with Jose Alcides Benites after he posted an online advertisement offering a place for undocumented immigrants and their children to stay, reported The Oklahoman.

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They had emigrated from Honduras and were trying to reunite with relatives in New York, and the mother responded to the ad and brought her 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son to stay with Benites.

The woman approached Benites’ bedroom Saturday to ask about some paperwork, and she saw the 59-year-old man molesting her daughter.

She stepped back and knocked before entering, police said, and Benites acted as if nothing happened.

The woman texted the pastors of a nearby church instead of calling police because she was uncertain of her immigration status.

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But the pastors, a husband and wife couple, contacted authorities after the mother explained what had happened.

Police arrested Benites late Saturday on a complaint of lewd acts with a child.

Sgt. Gary Knight, a police spokesman, said the woman had nothing to fear by reporting the sex abuse, saying officers do not check the immigration status of anyone they interact with in an investigation.

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Knight said immigrants would be “too easy to prey upon” if they were afraid to report crimes to police.

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