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Baylor seminary student charged with aggravated child sexual assault

Benjamin William Nelson. (Jail photo)
Benjamin William Nelson. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM CST
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A student at Baylor’s Truett Seminary was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with a case in Whitney.

Whitney police arrested Benjamin William Nelson, 27, Monday at his Waco apartment on a warrants issued in Hill County.

Nelson is serving as pastor of Peoria Baptist Church, a church member confirmed, and is a student at Baylor’s Truett Seminary where he was studying to complete a Master of Divinity degree, police said.

Affidavits issued in the case say a woman noticed her 13-year-old daughter was not in her room and she went outside to look for the girl.

Once outside she noticed a blue car in the parking lot next to her home and she walked up to investigate.

She saw her daughter “on top” of a man inside the car and they were having sex, the affidavit said.

The mother said when the man saw her, he locked the car doors so she could not open them.

Then the girl unlocked her door and got out of the car, but while she and her mother were standing at the back of the car, the man started the car, put it in reverse and tried to run over her, the affidavit said.

The victim told police the man had kissed her, touched her breasts, touched her vagina and she performed oral sex on him.

The suspect and the victim had been communicating on Snapchat for about two weeks and they set up the meeting using the app.

Nelson was held in the Hill County Jail Tuesday awaiting arraignment and bond, facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of deadly conduct, jail records showed.