Amusement Ride Worker Allowed Back To Work Day After He's Arrested For Groping Teenage Girl At Fair

This was the second pedophilia-related arrest made at the fairground in one week.

By Eric Shorey

Jose Eduardo Moreno-Benites was arrested on charges of sexual imposition on Saturday, but was asked to work at the carnival he was arrested at the next day, according to WKBN.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene made the arrest at the Canfield Fair in Ohio after a teenage girl accused Moreno-Benites, who was working as a ride operator, of groping her. Benites works for Bates Brothers Amusement, who posted his bail and allowed him to return to work the following day — this time at a different ride.

Fairground officials then made sure that Benites was removed from the site and banned in the future.

Moreno-Benites had worked for Bates for three years and had passed a background check each year, the last of which was two weeks ago. The Fair Board said that all ride operators are subject to a sexual predator criminal background check.

Frighteningly, this is the second arrest at the Canfield fair made under similar circumstances within the past week. Brandon Walsh of South Carolina was arrested only a few days before after asking for naked pictures from a minor and planning to meet the child for sex. Walsh was working as an operator for a ride intended for children at the time.

Walsh was using fake Facebook profiles to message the children, threatening to expose the nude photos they had sent him if they did not send more.

“With the environment here at the Canfield Fair, the amount of children that come here and the charges that he was facing in South Carolina, that’s somebody we want to find and put in cuffs as quick as we can,” said Major Bill Cappabianca. “We were able to get a confession out of him that he had the cell phone and that he has discarded it inside a port-a-john."

[Photo: Screenshot via WKBN]

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