A 33-year-old Tooele man made his first appearance in 3rd District Court this morning in connection to the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in his care.
Benjamin Ray Tischner was arrested Sept. 14 when police learned he had sexually abused the girl numerous times since January of this year at his home, the most recent event occurring on Sept. 13, according to Lt. Paul Wimmer of the Tooele City Police Department.
“We can’t confirm the relationship between the victim and Mr. Tischner at this time because we are still verifying that,” Wimmer said. “He was in a position of trust though.”
When interviewed by police on the same day he was arrested, Tischner admitted to committing the sex acts and was subsequently booked into the Tooele County Jail, according to a probable cause statement. The Tooele County Attorney’s Office filed three charges of aggravated sex abuse of a child, three charges of sodomy on a child and three charges of rape of a child — all first-degree felonies — against Tischner last Tuesday.
During court proceedings today, Tischner pled not guilty and bail was set at $1 million cash only.