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A former MedStar Franklin Square hospital employee has been charged with a number of sex offenses – including the sexual abuse of a minor.

Following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that he might be involved in viewing child pornography, police arrested Donald Joseph Benson Jr., 40, of Nottingham at his home on the 3400 block of Park Falls Drive on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Their investigation uncovered explicit images of the sexual assault of a female minor.

Further investigation by police revealed that the minor was a patient at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center at the time of the assault in September, 2016. Police also confirmed that Benson was an employee of the facility during that period.

In a statement released on Monday, February 10, 2020, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center emphasized, “The safety and care of our patients is paramount. We were appalled to learn that one of our associates is alleged to have abused a patient in our care. As soon as we heard, we terminated the associate’s employment and have offered our full cooperation to law enforcement.”

Detectives are requesting anyone who may have additional information on this case, or any other incidents that Benson may have been involved in, to contact them by calling the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit at 410-853-3650.

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