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Court docs: Babysitter hired through website sexually abused boys

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Benjamin Nelson, jail booking photo Benjamin Nelson, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A babysitter hired through the website Care.com is accused of sexually abusing multiple underage victims in Multnomah County, according to court documents.

Benjamin Nelson, 27, was initially arraigned on charges including first-degree sexual abuse, sodomy and luring a minor in May.

He was arraigned Monday on additional charges, including sex abuse involving a child under the age of 12 and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

According to court documents, the initial charges involved one boy under the age of 12 and another under the age of 14. Court documents state the abuse happened between January and April 2015.  

In a report from Close Street Supervision recommending Nelson remain in custody pending the outcome of his criminal case, Deputy Keith Fisher wrote Nelson used Care.com to gain access to children.

That report states he worked as a caregiver when he abused the two boys and also sent links featuring child pornography to one of them.

"Based on the nature of the charges Close Street believes there is a higher level of risk to the community if the defendant is released," the deputy's report states.

According to the report, Nelson admitted to detectives he had committed the crimes and said there were additional victims.

His latest charges involve a third underage victim, according to court documents. Those crimes happened between June 2014 and May 2015, court documents state.

Care.com released a statement about this case saying, "This is a highly disturbing matter and our thoughts are with the family. Given that this is an open investigation, we will not comment further."

Court documents state the site has a disclaimer that potential workers have passed a background check, but parents were responsible for hiring the caregiver.

Deputies said Nelson has no previous criminal history.

Nelson is due back in court on Sept. 22.

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