Escalon man arrested on child molestation charges

Bee Staff ReportsJune 26, 2014 

A 61-year-old Escalon man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of the continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Escalon police had been investigating allegations that Benjamin Banta Sr. had been sexually abusing a child under the age of 14.

Police said they substantiated those claims and on Wednesday served a search warrant at Banta’s home.

He was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on a $1.1 million bail.

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