Man wanted in Plainfield arrested in Iowa

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PLAINFIELD — A 22-year-old man wanted by local police was arrested in Iowa.

Police say they opened an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by Benjamin Hopkins on May 3.

During the course of the investigation, police say they conducted several interviews and established an additional victim.

Both victims provided statements and alleged sexual assault by Hopkins.

One of the victims was a minor at the time of the incident.

Following both incidents, Hopkins allegedly threatened physical injury to both victims involved.

Prior to May 3, Hopkins moved to Iowa.

He has since been arrested by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and is currently incarcerated under the charges of enticing a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, and disseminating indecent material to a minor.

With the collaboration of law enforcement partners in Iowa, the Vermont State Police, and the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, law enforcement authorities have applied for an arrest warrant with extradition for Hopkins to answer to the charges in Vermont.

An arrest warrant was subsequently granted by the Honorable Judge of the Washington Superior Court in the amount of $50,000 for the offenses listed above.

The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Berlin Barracks is requesting anyone with further information or potential victims of Hopkins to contact Det. Sgt. Amber Keener at 802-229-9191.

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