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Capital sexual battery suspect arrested after decade on the run

A 37-year-old capital sexual battery suspect was arrested after he spent the past decade on the run from law enforcement.

On Saturday, March 5, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the U.S. Marshals Service located Benjamin Quinn in Bethlehem, Connecticut. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for two capital felony charges of sexual battery on a person under the age of 12.

Benjamin Quinn
Benjamin Quinn

In March of 2012, MCSO Major Crimes detectives began investigating a report that Quinn had repeatedly sexually battered a 10-year-old child. The abuse allegedly started when the child was 8 years old.

After the two years of alleged abuse, the victim told family members who then confronted Quinn. According to an MCSO media release, Quinn fled from the area and allegedly left behind a note. This note included an apology for his actions along with an admission that he was sick and in need of help.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Quinn’s arrest, but they were unable to locate him.

After a lengthy fugitive investigation, an FDLE special agent determined that Quinn was living on a farm in Bethlehem, Connecticut under the false name of “Michael Waters.” The special agent and an MCSO detective, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service and the Connecticut State Police, located Quinn on the farm and arrested him.

Quinn is currently being held at the Connecticut State Department of Corrections where he is awaiting extradition back to Marion County for the two counts of sexual battery of a person under the age of 12.