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Pennsylvania Couple Accused in Decade-Long Abuse Case

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A Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania couple is accused in connection with the reported sexually assault three girls they were raising over ten years.

The victims are now 23, 21 and 18 and said they were sexually assaulted by 64 year old Joseph Benson of Messhoppen from the age of 9 through the present.

Pennsylvania State Police say Benson’s domestic partner, 57 year old Linda Dennison is related to the victims. Police say she was told about the incidents but never reported the abuse and made the children lie if asked.

Benson is charged with rape and several other counts.

Dennison is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and associated crimes.

The pair was sent to the Susquehanna County Jail.

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