By Brandi Makuski
Following his 2013 arrest, a 30-year-old Plover man faces some serious jail time after allegedly sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16.
Benjamin Marx was arrested in December of 2013 on a charge of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child after allegedly assaulting his sister-in-law, who at the time was 15.
According to the criminal complaint, Marx had allegedly been making suggestive comments and advances towards the girl “for several months” while he was living with his wife’s family in a Green Avenue residence.
The girl claims those advances culminated in a Dec. 28, 2013 incident, when Marx entered a bedroom where the minor girl was under the covers and lay down next to her in the bed. Marx allegedly said he loved the girl and told her she was beautiful, putting his arm around her and kissing her left breast.
The girl was only partially clothed at the time but was initially able to convince Marx to leave her alone.
Some time later that night, Marx returned and presented the girl with a box of earrings and attempted to convince the girl to watch a movie. She declined.
The girl also has accused Marx of touching her genital area as he was helping tuck her into bed a few days prior to the incident.
Marx has been free on a $10,000 cash bond since just after his arrest. He was in court Monday for his pre-trial conference with Judge Thomas Eagon. If convicted, he faced a maximum of 40 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.