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DNA results inconclusive in case of man accused of raping girl

State Attorney's Office moves forward in Winter Springs rape case

Benjamin James Worthy Sr.

SANFORD, Fla. – Newly released documents show DNA results are inconclusive in the case of a Seminole County man who was accused of sexually assaulting a child in November 2014.

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However, the State Attorney's Office said it still has other evidence to move forward with the case.

An interview showing Winter Springs detectives questioning Benjamin James Worthy, 42, was also released. Reports state Worthy was inconsistent in his interview.

"The first time I heard something about a little girl, I ain't going to lie, everything just went a little crazy for me. I never did nothing to no little girl," Worthy said. "I don't know what's going on. But I want to know, and if I can help in any way, I will."

Investigators took pictures of Worthy's SUV and sent several items to be tested including strands of hair and Worthy's underwear, but reports showed that the items came back inconclusive.

However, the State Attorney's Office said it has other evidence, including witness statements and Worthy's inconsistency and lack of an alibi.

Officer: You remember what you did after that?
Worthy: What do you mean?
Offcer: The next thing you did that day? Did you take a nap? Did you cut the grass? What did you do after that?
Worthy: I can't go like step by step what I did like that.
Officer: What you're doing is you're filtering information that you think will keep you from being in trouble and your filtering is actually making you look bad, if you just say what it is.
Officer: You done?
Worthy: Yeah

Winter Springs police said Worthy picked up the girl at a neighborhood playground last November, took her to a nearby Dollar General for candy, then sexually assaulted her in the SUV. Worthy is still at the Polk County Jail on no bond.

The State Attorney's Office also said prosecutors are not allowed to comment on the evidence found prior to trial.

Local 6 called Worthy's attorney and left a message asking for comment.


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