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Burlington man charged in connection to sexual assault of 12-year-old, sheriff's office says

Burlington man charged in connection to sexual assault of 12-year-old, sheriff's office says

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BURLINGTON — After being charged with felony first-degree statutory sex offense and felony indecent liberties with a child on Thursday, a Burlington man was released on a written promise to appear in court, the Alamance County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. 

The alleged assault took place around June 2019, and the victim was 12 years old at the time, according to a copy of the arrest warrant.

The sheriff's office charged and arrested Justin Neal Bennett, 40, of Burlington on Thursday.

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According to police, in both cases, a man and woman approached the victim inside a retail store and said they had found a large amount of money and wanted to verify that it was not counterfeit. The suspects convinced the victim to go to the bank and withdraw cash to compare to the "found money," police said, with the promise to return all of the victim's cash, plus give them a portion of the found cash.

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