A man from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina who is accused of wanting to enslave and eat a child is a free man for now.
Justin Teeter Bensing was arrested last month, along with about 40 others, as part of a police sting operation intended to catch people involved with sex trafficking. Unlike the 40 others though, Bensing is accused of wanted to eat one of the children, according to The Associated Press.
Bensing, 36, allegedly asked an undercover cop, which he apparently thought was a child, if she was “ready to be a full-time baby maker and sex slave.” He has been since been released on $20,000 bond, the AP reported. It’s unclear if Bensing has a lawyer.
During a news conference last month, Sheriff Will Lewis accused Bensing of wanting to “physically cannibalize” a child, The New York Post reported.
“Depravity doesn’t even begin to describe this,” the sheriff said during that conference. He also said that Bensing wanted to engage in bestiality, according to WHNS, a Fox station in South Carolina.
The sting operation, which caught Bensing, was dubbed “Operation Millstone.” It was created to catch predators, sex workers and johns according to WHNS. In the roundup, 14 predators, 17 johns, and 10 sex workers were arrested according to Lewis.
"These are the worst kinds of human beings you can possibly find," Lewis said during the conference.
At least two human trafficking victims were rescued during the sting operation.
As for Bensing, his family says the allegations just aren’t true or at least the cannibal allegations.
Bensing’s father Donald Bensing told the Associated Press, “The only thing I have to say on Justin’s behalf is that any charges of cannibalism are not correct.”
It’s unclear what his dad thinks about the bestiality and sex slave allegations.
[Photo: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office]
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