- Ada, Oklahoma

November 15, 2012

Local man charged with lewd behavior

Art Lawler
The Ada News

Ada —  

     Registered sex offender Benjamin Franklin Murray, 67,  of Ada was arrested Sunday by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department Sunday on charges of lewd behavior with a minor under the age of 16.  

     The sheriff’s department received a call at 3:06 p.m. that a man had exposed himself to a minor at a residence northwest of Ada.

     Central dispatch advised deputies a group of people from that residence northwest of Ada, was chasing Murray down the road.

      According to the sheriff’s department, Murray, who  lives  next door at mobile home park asked to use his neighbor’s bathroom. An uncle of the victim went to his sister’s house to pick up some clothing.

     When he did so, he walked down the hall toward his mother’s room. That’s when, according to the uncle, he saw Murray  with his pants unbuttoned and unzipped and the minor without pants.

     Once Murray saw the uncle, he attempted to put his pants back on, the uncle told officers.

     The uncle, according to the sheriff’s department, said he began yelling at Murray and asking him what he was doing. 

     The uncle also said he remembered earlier seeing the minor just before Murray’s arrival and the minor was wearing pants then. A second minor was reported to have been in the home at the time.

       When the uncle asked Murray what he was doing, he quoted him as saying he was just trying to help the minor get dressed.

      The uncle said he made Murray leave the residence.

      The uncle also told officers the man returned to his home, but came back out quickly and, according to the uncle, tried walking toward the wooded area just behind his residence.

     The uncle said he started toward Benjamin to stop him from leaving the area.

      That’s when law enforcement arrived.

     Lighthorse Officer Casey Gentry brought Benjamin to the Ada Police Department. Wilson asked him what he was doing at the location and Murray insisted he was doing nothing wrong.  

      Wilson told Murray he was under arrest for lewd acts against a child under 16. Officer Casey Gentry transported Murray to the Pontotoc County Justice Center.

     He is not eligible for bond and remains incarcerated.

      Officers said the man has denied any wrongdoing.

      His record, the sheriff’s department reports, shows he spent a year in county jail for violations of sex offenders prohibitions by being in a public park in 2011. He was released from jail in March 2011.