A Portland man accused of sexually abusing a young boy left in his custody said he's sorry for his past actions.
On Thursday morning, deputies with Multnomah County's warrant strike team arrested James Lee Bennett at his workplace in Tigard.
He was indicted on two counts of first-degree sex abuse, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one count each of second- and third-degree sodomy.
His accuser, now an adult, alleges Bennett abused him over the course of four years while he was under the age of 14.
"There were some issues that happened. I have to stand up, take up whatever comes up," Bennett told Fox 12 as deputies prepared to drive him to jail. "But for what he's saying, everything he's saying, not all of that did not happen."
When asked if he touched the boy inappropriately, Bennett said, "I'm not going to comment on that right now."
Bennett said the alleged victim moved in with him in the late 1990s, when the boy was 10 years old.
Although he was interviewed by a detective weeks ago, Bennett said his arrest was a surprise.
"I'm not around any children now. Nothing else has ever happened since then," he said. "I was also molested when I was kid. Some things happened and I'm sorry that they did. Did I take it back? Like I told him, yes. I got custody of him because his parents both left him out. Am I sorry for it? Yeah, I love him still and I would do anything for him."
Bennett is in jail on $1.5 million bail.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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