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Vernal man charged with reckless child abuse


By Travis Uresk

6/23/23


Vernal, Ut.- On 6/11/23, Uintah County Deputy Embleton responded to a residence in Vernal on a domestic violence report. A juvenile reported that his father was acting violently and is now trying to find a gun.

Deputy Embleton arrived on scene with VPD Officer Young, and they came in contact with an adult male who identified himself as 46-year-old Benjamin Stewart Jensen.

Jensen was unarmed and allowed the police into the residence. Once inside, they contacted the juvenile complainant, an adult female.

Sgt. Cheshire and Deputy Fairey arrived on scene to assist.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Jensen had been drinking and was heavily intoxicated. Jensen had been arguing with the juvenile and placed his left hand on the juvenile's shoulder and took his right hand in a punching motion toward the juvenile's face multiple times.

Jensen said, "So you want to be a man, let's fight. Let's see how well you fight."

The juvenile said each time this happened, Jensen got more and more aggressive, to the point he thought Jensen was going to hit him. The juvenile stated he tried to leave the room, and his dad would start arguing and follow him to whichever room he entered.

The juvenile stated what caused him to call 911 was his dad became fixated on having his son get him a gun that he had used while camping over the weekend. The juvenile got scared of why his dad wanted the gun.

Benjamin Jensen was taken into custody and transported to the Uintah County Jail, where he was booked on the charges of child abuse in a reckless manner toward a child that resulted in severe emotional harm and intoxication due to being extremely drunk and acting in a way that resulted in danger to others.




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