Big Run, PA – Court documents reveal more details about a 21-year-old Jefferson County man who is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage girl.
21-year-old Benjamin Long of Big Run allegedly was a senior at Punxsutawney Area High School at the time when police received a Childline report that claimed that he was in a sexual relationship with a girl who was younger than 16.
The relationship reportedly started in July of 2016 and turned physical in October.
Long is facing numerous felony charges, including indecent sexual intercourse with a person less than 16, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault with a person less than 16, corruption of minors, child pornography, and knowingly depicting a sexual act.
He also faces misdemeanors for many of the same charges, plus endangering the welfare of children. Long is also being charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.
The victim says she sent seven nude photos of herself to Long via cell phone. After another interview, the victim also said that she and Long had smoked marijuana together, and she said that he took more nude photos of her afterwards. She estimates that they had sex at least 25 times.
Long remains free on $50,000 cash bail. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 3.