An Ithaca man who was detained near the U.S.-Mexico border in July while on bail for allegedly sexually abusing two young children is now in the Tompkins County Jail.

Ever Benites, 36, will appear before Judge John Rowley in Tompkins County Court Monday afternoon. He is facing two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse, felony course of sexual conduct against a child and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Two local police officers flew to Hidalgo County in Texas, where Benites was in custody, and brought the man back to Tompkins County on a plane, Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama said.

Benites waived an extradition hearing in Texas following his detainment. He had previously surrendered his passport.

He was arrested at a travel center less than 25 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border on July 23 after missing a court appearance the previous day and then taking a bus from Nashville to Texas.

Benites worked intermittently for the Ithaca City School District from 2002 to 2013 as a pre-kindergarten teacher aide, substitute teaching assistant, custodian and other positions.

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

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