RICHLANDS, NC – An Onslow County man will be spending the next six to eight years in prison for sexually molesting a child.
Benito Venegas, 49, of Koonce Fork Road in Richlands, pleaded guilty Monday in Onslow County Superior Court to five counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to information from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Venegas was arrested in 2010 on first degree statutory rape of a child, 3 counts of first degree statutory sexual offense on a child, 14 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 1 count of crime against nature.
Superior Court Judge Charles H. Henry sentenced Venegas to 80 to 100 months in prison. He will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years post-release. He will also be deported to his home country of Mexico upon his release from prison, according to the OCSO.