Scorpius sting

June 24, 2012


Staff Writer

A Delaware man was sentenced to 15 years to life on Monday for raping an 11-year-old girl.

Michael A. Bennett, of 77 Columbus Ave., pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of attempted rape, and one count of abduction, said Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Traci Whittaker.

An additional charge of gross sexual imposition was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Last May, Bennett was visiting a friend when he raped the friend’s 11-year-old granddaughter, Whittaker said. Since the victim was less than 13 years old, he received a life sentence.

Bennett was also labeled a Tier III sex offender, which means if he is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender for every 90 days for the rest of his life.