Suspected Pedophile Trying To Bring Girl To U.S.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) â€• Authorities are searching for a Sacramento County man accused of possessing child pornography and trying to bring a little girl into the U.S. from Brazil in order to have sex with her, saying they fear for the child’s safety.
The Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force is asking for help in finding 39-year-old Benjamin Dee Kendrick. Authorities said they found hundreds of child pornography videos and images on Kendrick’s computer and evidence that he was communicating online with suspects in Brazil in an attempt to have a child brought to him from Brazil.
“He’s looking to have a little child brought to the United States for sex, and maybe murder the child,” said Detective Eric Pahlberg. “That’s very disturbing.”
One of the Brazilian suspects is reportedly the child’s mother, who was allegedly seen performing a sex act on the victim in a video stored on Kendrick’s hard drive.
Kendrick’s former coworkers at a hardware store said they were absolutely stunned by the news and said they thought of the suspect as a normal, hard working man.
“He was helping customers, he would know all the answers,” said Shawn Dhaliwal, owner of the store.
Detectives suspect Kendrick also apparently worked as a freelance web designer. He apparently created a web site for a group supporting abused and exploited children, but authorities don’t know if the group is legitimate or a front to find victims.
“He’s using the web site in order to access those children,” Detective Pahlberg said.
Kendrick is described as a 39-year-old white man. He’s 5’9″ tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has blonde hair and green eyes.
Detectives are trying to find out if the girl has already been brought to the United States and are working with authorities in Brazil. They have already identified the child’s mother.
Officers have obtained $1 million arrest warrant for Kendrick.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Benjamin Dee Kendrick is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force at (916) 874-3002, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP; or send a text message tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.