ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man accused of sexually abusing two young children over several years was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail on Monday, the day after he was extradited to New York from southern Texas.
Ever Benites, 36, 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.
He was flown from Texas to Tompkins County with two local law enforcement officers on Sunday night after he was apprehended within 15 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border in July, Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia said.
Judge John Rowley agreed with Bonavia, who argued that because Benites missed a court appearance and was found near the U.S.-Mexico border, he should not be given another opportunity to post bail.
Rowley also ruled that the $20,000 Benites had previously posted as bail would be withheld by the court, pending Judge Joseph Cassidy’s decision on whether or not to return the bail at all. Bonavia has filed an application with Cassidy asking that the $20,000 be forfeited because Benites missed a court appearance.
After missing the opening of his trial in July, Benites, who is represented by Ithaca attorney Seth Peacock, was taken into custody at a travel center in Edinburg, Texas. He had boarded the Tornado Bus Company bus in Nashville, where he was working as a contractor. The bus’s final stop was Brownsville, Texas, a city directly bordering Mexico.
Benites will be back in court on Aug. 22 before Judge Cassidy.